As the Body of Christ, we are in an exciting time as we have stepped into October and 5780, We have stepped into a new season, a season of the double portion. Have you noticed the Lord highlighting the number 2 in this season? It prophetically represents the double. Despite there being much to celebrate, many are entering this season battle weary, wounded, tired, dishearten. This past season, was one of great warfare. Although there are many excited about this new season, there are some in the Body that are having a hard time celebrating the new, because they have lost hope. While there are many promises being fulfilled, there are those who are heart sick and discouraged because the promises of God have not come to pass yet in their lives. Proverbs 13:12 TPT says, "When's hope's dream seems to drag on and on, the delay can be depressing. But when at last your dream comes true, life's sweetness will satisfy your soul."
What is hope? Hope is the confident expectation in God. Because of certain circumstances that have occurred over this past season, its caused a disappointment in many hearts. It's caused many to question God's goodness. But I want to encourage you to not lose hope, or throw away your hope. I want to encourage you from the words of David in Psalm 27:14 TPT, "Here's what I've learned through it all: Don't give up, don't be impatient be entwined as one with the Lord. Be brave and courageous, and never lose hope. Yes, keep on waiting for he will never disappoint you." Although you're circumstances may have left you in disappointment, we serve a God who will never disappoint. In this season you're going to begin to see the tide turn and shift in your favor. Where you have experienced great shame, dishonor, and disappointment, God is going to give you double honor and a double portion of favor. (Isa 61:7). Tears will no longer be your portion. Joy unspeakable full of glory will be your portion. Laughter shall fill your mouth in this season. You will taste and see the goodness of the Lord like never before.
It's important we don't throw away our hope. When we throw away our hope we throw away our confidence, our authority, our identity (Hebrews 10:35) It's time to put your crown of confidence back on. When we hold onto hope, hope becomes the doorway to faith. He desires to turn your Valley of Achor (trouble) into a doorway of hope. Hosea 2:14-15 AMP, declares,“Therefore, behold, I will allure Israel and bring her into the wilderness, And I will speak tenderly to her [to reconcile her to Me]. 15 Then I will give her her vineyards from there, And make the Valley of Achor a door of hope and expectation [anticipating the time when I will restore My favor on her]. And she will sing there and respond as in the days of her youth in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt." The Hebrew word for Achor means a valley of trouble or disturbance. That's where many of you have been in this past season a valley, a season of trouble, disturbance, and agitation. You may not feel this, but it's in the trouble and disturbance that God has been strengthening you and preparing to walk through the door of hope. You're valley of trouble is turning into the door of hope and expectation. It's ok to hope again. Hope is rising in the land. I saw the Lord releasing the Angel of Hope across the land touching households. and bringing restoration. As you encounter the angel of Hope, where you've been hopeless and depressed, you're going to find yourself suddenly filled hope and expectation once again. I saw in a vision the Angel of Hope handing out balloons to those who were encountered. Prophetically balloons represent celebration, and childlike faith. He's restoring your childlike faith!
God doesn't just want us to stay in hope, he wants us to walk in faith. Because faith is the substance of things hoped for (Hebrews 11:1). Faith brings your hopes into reality. This is the season your hopes are going to begin to manifest. A couple months ago I had an encounter with the Angel of Promise in my living room. It has a rainbow that surrounds its head and can be found in Revelation 10:5-6. The Angel of Promise breaks delay. Where many destinies and promises have been held up in the spirit, the Angel of Promise is being released on your behalf to break the spirit of delay and every hindrance that has been opposing the promises of God in your life. His promises are yes and amen over you. He's not changed his mind about you or your destiny. Many of your are going to see a sudden shift and acceleration from the fruit of the Angel of Promise touching your lives.
As you wait to see the manifestation of hopes and promises, continue to wait patiently and with expectation before the Lord. Be entwined as one before him. In waiting before the Lord, he's going to strengthen and quicken you, where you have lacked the stamina and strength. He also wants to speak tenderly to you. He wants to draw you back to that place of first love. A place of remembrance and passion. When we become one with Him everything else fades away. I want to encourage you to position your heart in this season to hope again. Hope is rising in the land! Get ready to encounter the Angel of Hope and the Angel of Promise. Things are getting ready to dramatically shift in your life. A double portion of honor and favor is being poured out. Don't give up and don't loose hope. Hope and promise is being released.
Prophet Madeline James
In this season of transition we are stepping into a new era prophetically and in the natural, In the new are realms and portals of angelic visitation opening up to the people of God like never before. What has seemed hidden and inaccessible in this realm is opening to us. The veil between heaven and earth is getting thinner and thinner. As the veil gets thinner our eyes will begin to see like never before. Angels are recorded all through out the Bible and were a natural part of the lives of those who served the Lord. As time has gone on, that was never meant to stop but meant to grow. Hebrews 1:14 TPT says, "What role then, do angels have? The angels are spirit messengers sent by God to serve those who are going to be saved."
Recently, I had a dream where I was on facetime with another prophet, and they began to show me around this house that had an angelic realm in it. It was a place where Jacob's ladder was present (Genesis 28:10-19). The house was full of angelic activity, angels were descending and ascending from this house. This prophet showed me marked places around the house where the angels had been. On one wall they showed me where the angels had written 444 across the wall. It was the angelic call number in the spirit. The angel said anytime they needed something or needed help, to release or dial in the spirit 444 and they would come immediately to help.
For so long there has been a focus on the demonic and demons. It's time for the Body of Christ to shift their focus and begin to learn to not only discern the demonic but the angelic. What we focus on we will attract. Discerning of spirits is not just to discern the demonic, its to discern the presence of the Lord. If we only choose to focus on the demonic, we will miss where the Lord is working and miss partnering with the angelic. We have unfortunately made it taboo to talk about the angelic. In reality, the angelic has always been apart of the picture, and seen through out the Bible.
What is the purpose of the angelic? The angelic has been sent to help us as the heirs of salvation. As we partner with them in the realm of the spirit. Psalm 104;4 TPT says, "You make your messengers into winds of the Spirit and all your ministers become flames of fire." We also see in the Bible angels can be referred to as lightning. Job 36:32 NLT says, "He fills his hands with lightning bolts and hurls each at its target." In the Bible we see angels going to war on behalf of God's people (2 Kings 6), the often brought messages to prophets (Daniel 8), they release the judgments of God (Psalm 78:49), the help strengthen and minister to us (1 Kings 19:5), they stand in the presence of God (Job 1:6), they bring answers to prayer (Acts 12:5-10).
Once again the angelic is becoming relevant to the Body of Christ. Many of our angels are waiting to be sent on assignment, but we have failed to do so for lack of knowledge. Angels are released when we release the word. Psalm 103:20-21 TPT "So bless the Lord, all his messengers of power, for you are his mighty hereos who listen intently to the voice of his word to do it. Bless and praise the Lord, you mighty warriors, ministers who serve him well and fulfill his desires." In this season you can expect to start having angelic encounters and in greater measures in your dreams and visions. New angels are being assigned and reassigned in this hour to ministries, ministers, and the people of God, I also see new angels being assigned over nations to deal with demonic systems to make way for the harvest that's is coming upon the earth. There will be greater angelic activity in services as we allow.
How can you recognize when the angelic is present? The gift of discerning of spirits will discern the angelic presence. You may feel a wind, a touch, or fire come on you. Sometimes you just have a knowing the angelic is present. You may see a flash, an outline, or you may see the whole angel as the Lord opens your vision up. Angels also show up in dreams. Sometimes you may also find angel feathers that confirm that they were there.
Position yourself in this season to be sensitive to the angelic activity around you. As you partner with the angelic you're going to begin to see great breakthrough and the promises of God manifest!
Prophet Madeline James
In a recent time of prayer, I had a vision of standing before double doors. As I opened one set of doors, I came before another set of double doors. I sought the Lord for more understanding, and I heard Him say, "This is the season of double doors and double favor." The Body of Christ is in a massive place of shifting and transition. To those who can endure the shifting, the shifting is positioning them for promotion. Over the last several weeks the Lord has been highlighting the numbers 22, 222, or 2222. The number two prophetically represents double. Two scriptures that are important and being highlighted in the season is Daniel 2:22 and Isaiah 22:22, Daniel 2:22 ESV says, "He reveals the deep and hidden things." Isaiah 22:22 TPT declares, "I will place upon his shoulders the key to the treasures of David's palace. He will open doors that no one can shut, and he will shut doors that no one can open." The year 2020 is a prophetic sign in the natural of the double being released in the spirit.
The shifting in this season is positioning us for fresh encounters and new revelation, because the books of Heaven have closed one chapter and have opened to a new chapter. The opening of this new chapter is releasing new mantles, a new wave of emerging prophetic and apostolic voices, new prophetic songs and anthems for the Body, new prophetic words and revelation for the Body of Christ. As we press into the hidden and deep things of God we will acquire the hidden treasures. Its the Isaiah 45 mandate. Isaiah 45:3 TPT says, "I will give you hidden treasures from dark, concealed places, and wealth waiting in secret places." His glory being released over your life is releasing a greater measure of influence and favor, steward it well.
Don't stop at the first set of double doors, go through the next set and next as they come. Each set of double doors is inviting you into new realms of God and interacting with the angelic. It's the key of David. Each realm in God has angelic assistance to co labor and operate with to navigate these realms. Many of you are going to begin to notice greater angelic activity and encounters, because the Lord is assigning new angels to your life, ministry, businesses, and assignments. The angels are releasing new blueprints in how to build and release the Kingdom in this new era. How you built and functioned in last season will be different in this season. Shift to what Heaven is releasing and you will be successful and flourish.
Not only is this a season of the double doors, but I heard the Lord say, "Its a season of the double portion anointing." For those who have gone through much warfare, and those who have been slandered and disgraced, you shall receive a double portion of blessing. Isaiah 61:7 declares, "Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion; instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot; therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion; they shall have everlasting joy." Rejoice because you're coming into a season of double honor and joy. The Hebrew word for double in this verse is mishneh which means, double, copy, second, repetition, twice as much. I prophesy you're going to have twice as much honor and twice as much joy than you had before!
I've also noticed in my dreams lately prophetic mothers and fathers in the Body have been showing up in my dreams. It's a prophetic picture of the Elijah's and Elisha's coming together for the double portion spirit to be released. In 2 Kings 2:9 Elisha asked for a double portion of Elijah's spirit. The Hebrew word for double in this scripture is shenayim, it means dual, twice, couple double. There's an exchange happening in the realm of the spirit. As the emerging, the Elisha's, honor the prophetic mother's and father's there will be a double portion of their spirit released to the emerging that will catapult them.
Prophet Madeline James
Have you been feeling the heat and pressure lately? Welcome to promotion season! I've come to learn over the years, promotion is not really about the next position or title, its about the heart.
It' s about where your heart is, and where it will go. Proverbs 4:23 says, "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." What this scripture is saying is, what is in your heart will lead and guide you. It will direct you, whether you realize it or not. Sometimes we'll be lead a certain direction and not always realize, or will have a certain reaction because of what's in our hearts. Other versions of this verse above say, "Guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life."The Hebrew word for heart is leb. It means inner man, mind, will, seat of emotions and passions. The Hebrew word for the flow of springs is towtsa'ah. It means outgoing, boundary, a source, issues. What are the issues or outgoings of your heart?
When we don't guard or check our hearts, our flow or outgoing source can become contaminated. God will allow the testings to come to expose whats there. Sometimes we see it as cruel, but really its His love protecting us. He's allowing the hidden things to be exposed so it doesn't give the enemy an open door in our lives in that moment or down the road. David prayed in Psalm 139:23 TPT, "God, I invite your searching gaze into my heart. Examine me through and through; find out everything that may be hidden within me. Put me to the test and sift through all my anxious cares." On a daily basis we have to invite the Holy Spirit to search us, because he is the spirit that searches all things. When we don't allow the Lord to test and sift us, we can't be proven. To be proven one must be tested. To walk in the new we must be sifted and tested.
Another reason why we must guard our hearts, is because the pathways of God reside in our hearts. Psalm 37:31 TPT says, "The ways of God are in their hearts and they won’t swerve from the paths of steadfast righteousness." The pathways of God or the pathway of life is found in Him. We become more aware of Him and His pathways when the eyes of our heart (Ephesians 1) becomes illuminated. When we have unresolved issues, emotions, or things that cloud the eyes of our understanding it affects the way we see. Some of you have been wondering why you haven't been dreaming like you used or discerning correctly. There's some things you need to resolve in your heart in this season. And it will also cause us to go down pathways God did not mark out for us. There is only true satisfaction and resurrection life when we follow His ways, Psalm 16:11 ESV declares, "You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy, at your hand are pleasures forever more."
In this season of promotion, acceleration, and ascending to greater heights, it's important to discern the snares and traps of the enemy as you go higher. By definition a snare is a trap, a trap that uses a noose, entangled, or any type of trap. The Lord gave me a prophetic dream a couple months ago that describes this season. In the dream I was staying at the house of a prophet, and there were others also residing there in the dream. I woke up in the morning in the dream, and went up the stairs. At the top of the stairs I was talking to one of the other prophets of the house, when suddenly we started to smell something awful. I turned on the hall light, and it revealed there was dog feces everywhere in the hallway and up the stairs. I checked my feet to make sure I hadn't stepped in the feces and I haven't. I was relieved.
Prophetically in a negative light, dogs can represent those who turn on you or those who try to tear you apart with their mouth (words). Dog feces can represent offense or stepping into offense. The stairs in the dream represent going higher, and the hallway is a place of transition. In the dream I had no idea there was dog feces all around me until the light was turned on. The enemy tried to set traps for me in the darkness to step into, but the Lord guided each step so I didn't step into offense. As you ascend higher in this season of promotion, be discerning of the snares and traps of the enemy. Everyone will not celebrate or be happy about your promotion. The enemy will try to trip you up by getting you offended by those who are offended at your promotion. Don't take the bait. Go low, Stay low, Stay in love, Stay unoffendable. In this season of promotion the Lord is testing your heart all the way to the top. He's allowing the word of the Lord to test you, refine you, and prove your character. Until the time that Joseph's word of prophecy about his brothers came to pass, the word of the Lord tested and refined him (Psalm 105:19).
Prophet Madeline James
As we have crossed over into September, I have kept hearing the Lord say, "A new normal has been set." There has been a clashing of swords over many of you in this season. The reason why the fight has been so fierce and intense, is because the enemy has been fighting your destiny. Your place of expansion and living in God's fullness. This is a word for those who have remained pure, faithful, and diligent in the midst of great of great backlash. You're stepping into a season where the Lord is going to openly and extravagantly reward you. Hebrews 11:6 AMP says, "He rewards those who earnestly and diligently seek Him." This is the season the Lord is openly rewarding what has been done and sown in secret (Matthew 6:4).
The Lord is promoting the pure ones, those who's hands are clean and hearts that have remained pure. Psalm 24:3-4 TPT declares, "Who, then, ascends into the presence of the Lord? Those who are clean, whose works and ways are pure, whose hearts are true and sealed by the truth, those who never deceive, whose words are sure." Right here David gives us keys to ascending in the spirit and positioning ourselves for promotion. Don't look to man for promotion. When we seek man for promotion, they also have the ability to take the platforms away that were given, and have the authority to shut the doors they have opened for others. The word of God declares promotion comes from the Lord and not man (Ps 75:6-7), and when God opens the doors no man can shut them (Daniel 2:22). When you allow God to promote you, he will cause man to pour out favor over your life.
What does it mean that a new normal has been set? The Lord kept highlighting Psalm 18:19-20 TPT to me it says, "His love broke open the way and he brought me into a beautiful broad place. He rescued me because he delights in me. He rewarded me for doing what's right and staying pure." Many of you have been used to staying in the background, behind the scenes, snd unseen. In this season you're going to find yourself in the front, where many will see and be blessed by what you carry and what God has developed in the secret place.. This will also require you to carry yourself different, and think of yourself differently. In other versions of Psalm 18:19 it says, "You've brought me to a spacious place." When God brings you to your spacious place, you can't carry the small place mentality or the poverty mindset.into your new. Carrying old mindsets into new places will cripple your ability to really enjoy what the Lord has opened up to you.
His love has broken open the way for you in this season, for those who have remained pure and have done right even when it was hard. You're going to find yourself in opportunities, circles of people, and tables of influence you could never have imagined. This is your new normal. Your new standard and place in the spirit has been upgraded, now its time to upgrade your expectations and mindsets. This is your season of favor and promotion. He has brought you to a spacious place, The place of exceedingly, abundantly, above all you can think or imagine. God has set a new normal for your life, His normal is becoming your new normal.
Prophet Madeline James
Madeline James is a prophetic writer and voice desiring to release the heart of the Father.