August Is A Time of Restoration & Harvest As We Come Into 5783
Over the past couple months much has been taking place in the nations and in the realm of the spirit. The Lord told me in August the nations would reach a boiling point. We have been at a crucial tipping point. A tipping point is a point at which a very significant change occurs; a decisive moment (dictionary.com). Rapid change and realignments are being accelerated in the nations and across the board. We are in a time where we’ll continue to see a changing of guard in the nations, the political realm, and in the Body of Christ.
Praying and decreeing the Word of the Lord is our greatest weapon in this time. Our greatest place of power and influence starts on our knees. James 5:16 NKJV says, “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” Prayer is effective when we engage in it because it carries and releases the power of God. Availeth means to have sufficient power, force, efficacy for the object (kingjamesbibledictionart.com). When we pray we are releasing the sufficient power of God to deal with what stands before us. Don’t forsake the place of prayer. The Church of Acts would often gather together and prayer to shift circumstances (Acts 12:5).
We’re coming into another prophetic window in August, September, and October. September 25-27 is the Jewish celebration of Rosh Hashana, The Head of The Year, which is the Jewish new year. We’ll be stepping into 5783. You can expect the dream to be active and it will be a time of heavenly downloads and watch what takes place in our government in the fall. One of the meanings of 5783 is the year of retribution. Retribution is the dispensing or receiving of reward or punishment (merriam-webster.com). The 3 is the Hebrew letter Gimel. The picture of the Hebrew letter indicates a man walking or a man of righteousness that gives riches. This represents the abundance and riches of God running after us.
As we step into 5783, the year of Retribution, we’re going to see a giving out of blessings and curses. This will be a time where God is making right what’s right. Those who have continued to seek Him despite their circumstances will be openly rewarded. He rewards those who diligently seek after him. On the flip side of this, God will continue to release His justice. The overturning of Roe v Wade was significant and has released a time of justice in America. One of the other meaning of three is stability. As God deals with the the false, He's balancing the scales and releasing stability in land.
As we stepped into August the 8th month, we entered into a time of new beginnings. Behold God is doing a new thing, can you not discern it (Isa 43:18). The Hebrew letter for the number 8 in the Hebrew alphabet is Chet. The picture for this letter is two pillars with a covering over them. One the meanings of this picture is the doorway of life. The doorway of life indicates one is stepping from death to life. Anytime something new happens there must be a death of something. As you have crossed over the threshold of August something new is being birthed in you. What brings a regeneration or a creating of the new is the word of God. There are seeds of the Word of God that have been lying dormant in your life that are getting ready to spring up. That’s why we can’t get weary in well doing because in due season. An appointed time. You’re going to harvest it if you don’t lose heart (Galatians 6:9). Don’t give up you’ve come too far.
When I began to search up the prophetic meaning for this month, the door way of life, the Lord had been speaking to me about tents. One of the other meanings of Chet is the picture of two pillars and a covering over them. Tents are a very prophetic symbol. They can represent a mindset, a wineskin, your heart/life, and a place of encounter. I believe Isaiah 54 is one the words and declarations for the times we’re in. To give context to this passage the Israelites had been in exile, but King Cyrus allowed them to come back in the land that was rightfully theirs. Let’s take a look at it.
“Sing, O barren one, who did not bear; break forth into singing and cry aloud, you who have not been in labor! For the children of the desolate one will be more than the children of her who is married,” says the Lord.
2 “Enlarge the place of your tent and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes.
3 For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left, and your offspring will possess the nations and will people the desolate cities.”
This was and is a picture of restoration. What does restoration mean? It means to give back, return, to put or bring back into existence or, use to bring back or, put back into a former or original state. Renewal, revive, and to reestablish. The Lord desires to bring restoration to the areas of your life and heart that have been broken, dry, and dead. Here are keys to restoration and harvest in this season.
Keys To Restoration and Harvest
vs 1 “Sing, O barren one, who did not bear; break forth into singing and cry aloud, you who have not been in labor! For the children of the desolate one will be more than the children of her who is married,” says the Lord. The Lord gives the instruction to sing. Why is it that God will often ask us to do the opposite of what our circumstances are looking like? He keeps emphasizing in this passage sing o barren one. Singing or prophesying will begin to shift our heart and our minds to the right place, out of our flesh and into the spirit. God doesn’t want us to compare ourselves to those who seem to be bearing more. He wants you to position and open your heart to receive what He has for you.
Something begins to happen when you declare the word of the Lord. Remember the story of Hannah in 1 Samuel. Hannah couldn’t bear children yet but her maidservant Peninnah kept having babies. It was a hard truth to swallow. For a time, it made her bitter. She took her frustration and bitterness to the altar and cried out. There was something about her cry that got heaven’s attention and her womb opened up. There is a miracle waiting to be activated in your cry and in your song because, it’s deep calling to deep. There’s something about a desperate cry to moves the heart of God. It’s time to sing again. As you find your song again restoration will be released.
2. Make Room
For restoration to take place we have to make room. It’s not that God doesn’t want to bring restoration but, sometimes we don’t give him the time, space, or place in our hearts for the new. I want you to picture a tent. This tent is your heart. What does the tent look like on the outside? Are the doors opened or closed? What does the inside of the tent look like? Is it cluttered? Is there room for him to come in and dwell in your tent? The instruction in vs 2 “Enlarge the place of your tent and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your cords” This instruction requires faith. God will fill your tent according to the measure of your faith.
Another part of the Chet, Hebrew letter for 8, there’s a covering over the two pillars representing the covering of God. The Lord wants to overshadow you. God desires to rest upon you and overshadow you so that he can impart and impregnate you with the things of God. I declare your barren places are becoming places of LIFE. He’s bringing restoration. Will you make room for Him?
3. Strengthen The Stakes
The other instruction in verse 2 is to strengthen your stakes. The stakes are the tent pegs you drive into the ground. The pegs represent the word of God and the promises of God. Have you put your stakes in the ground? When the wind and rain begin to blow your tent will have to be able to withstand the storm. I see the Lord wanting you to drive the tent pegs even deeper. God wants his word to be so deep in your life and heart that there’s opportunity for the enemy to steal the word. Strengthening and putting our stakes in the ground enables to be rooted and grounded in Christ. Maturity isn’t measured necessarily by how tall you are but how deep you go. Ephesians 3:18-19 says to be rooted and grounded in Christ. Be secure in him
Also, it’s important to ask yourself where and what have you been putting your stakes. Whose life have you been putting your stakes in. What you put your stakes in or plant yourself in will reflect in your life. We must be mindful of who we allow to put stakes in our ground and also whose ground we’re putting our stakes in. Discernment is key. We’re not always meant to put our stakes in everyone’s ground. Strengthen and secure your stakes.
4. Prepare For The Harvest
“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Galatians 6:9 NKJV).
The key to reaping the harvest that God has for you is that you have to keep your heart in a place of expectant hope just as the farmer waits for his crops to bloom. What is due season? On God’s timetable due season is an appointed season. Due season is the elapsed time between planting and reaping. It’s something that rightfully belongs to you, or something that is owed or expected to happen. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven.”
I want to encourage you that there is purpose in your wait. Due season and harvest is a miraculous time. I can testify to this personally. Someone recently sowed a car into my family. It was a need we were waiting on God to move in. He moved in a miraculous way. May that be your testimony this season that will see God move in miraculous ways. Due season is the right time, God’s time where he releases the manifestations of the promises of God. The important thing to remember in this is a simple key, in order to have a harvest you have to sow something to be reaped. God gives seed to the sower (2 Corinthians 9:10). What have you been doing with the seeds God has given you to sow? Be faithful to sow in the season the Lord has placed you in, don’t get weary in well doing. There is purpose in what you’re doing. In 1 Corinthians 15:58 Paul encourages us, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” Here are six keys to help you reap your harvest.
Keys To Reap Your Harvest
1. Know the season you’re in. There is a season for sowing and a season for reaping.
2. Plant according to the harvest you want to reap.
3. Sow multiple seeds to get different types of harvest
4. Protect your seed. Guard it by prayer, there will be separation before harvest
5. Don’t sleep through the harvest. Nobody can harvest for you.
6. Release the angels of harvest to help you (Matt 13:39).
It’s your time of restoration and harvest. As we finish out August, I saw the Lord releasing a sudden gust of wind to push you into September. Many have felt stuck and having been experiencing a lack of clarity. I saw the Lord releasing fresh oil for the gears to begin to move again and a fresh wind to bring clarity and momentum. As we get into September, I heard the Lord say there will be reason to celebrate. We must also keep our nation in prayer. I saw a great transition taking place in the leadership of our nation.
Prophet Madeline James