2018 A time of warring and victories.
By Johnny Enlow
I would like to tell you that 2018 will be very different than 2017, and that everything will calm down. However, to do so would be to mislead you. Ecclesiastes 3:8 says that there is “a time for war and a time for peace.” Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, this is not the time for peace, but for war. However, there is great news in this forecast because the purpose of this time of war is to regain that which was lost, and to take “Promised Land” ground that was never entered into. The enemy is always at war with us—this is a time for it to cease to be one-sided. God is surely anointing us for war, meaning He has great victories designed for us. This time for war has both a collective and individual application, and in both scenarios the righteous must be bold as lions.
I want to take some time to explain this present meta-narrative, because as we do it allows us to position ourselves with the necessary resolve to experience the much-desired breakthrough victories. The taking of “Promised Land” is designed to come only to those who will “be of good courage,” as the Lord repeatedly told Joshua. Perhaps there is an absence of courage in the present Body of Christ, and we must now set our minds to be people of courage. A basic ripple effect of not embracing courage manifests itself as fear and anxiety—that has presently disabled many of the sons and daughters of the King and must now change. For this, you don’t need another sozo (inner healing session)—you need to set your mind to be courageous. Most likely, your external circumstances are not always going to be peaceful, so you must find that peace internally. Being courageous positions you to be peaceful no matter what unexpected circumstance comes about. We are courageous knowing that this season is a season of designated victories.
SAUL, DAVID AND SOLOMON: OBAMA, TRUMP AND NEXT
I was shown that this significant season for the United States has many parallels with the season the children of Israel went through with their first three kings—Saul, David and Solomon. The parallels are not perfect, so it is not good to excessively read into the analogy—but it is a narrative that will assist us in embracing the present, as well as setting ourselves up for where we are going next. The parallels should not be used to excessively demonize Obama, nor overly praise Trump, but there is something to learn here. Before I address this I want to acknowledge how much we all still have to learn about God’s ways. He has spoken to me about how MOST of us are out of synch with both who He is and what He is doing. That may be initially discouraging to hear, but if we will use that to properly position our hearts in humility it can be the best thing for us. In the aforementioned Ecclesiastes 3, it says in verse eleven that, “God has made everything beautiful in its own time,” but then goes on to say, “but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” This is a good presupposition for most of us. As 2018 progresses many of us will discover it as a reality. This is especially relevant if you have strong political opinions. Right now the church is split almost down the middle in its political opinions, and both sides are sure God is on their side. Unfortunately the split is often along racial lines as well. The easiest thing to do for the various races is to perceive their perspective is right and the others is wrong—and this feeling is MOST pronounced among believers. Somebody is going to have to do a lot of opinion-changing.
It is my observation that MOST of us will have adjustments to make in our thinking. Trump is uniquely ordained and anointed BY GOD to lead the United States at this time. This I tell you not from a political perspective but from a purely prophetic perspective. I have previously shared with you before that as I was seeing the vision of him winning I said aloud, “Oh No!” It was not MY choice, or MY opinion. Many of you are going to be invited to abandon YOUR choices and YOUR opinions in order to be in synch with Gods. This does not mean that if you voted for Trump you have nothing to learn. I believe I was shown that perhaps most of those who voted for Trump did so for the wrong reason. Conversely, many that did not vote for Trump did not do so for a good reason. It is time to shift from “good” to “God” in our reasoning. That only happens when we prioritize His Kingdom above our own and remain humble and teachable.
OBAMA AS SAUL?
I believe that President Obama parallels Saul, in the sense that he was head and shoulders above everyone else, and that he was the people’s choice. There was an anointing on President Obama and he did accomplish some meaningful things. However, like Saul, compromise was found in him that ultimately did not please the Lord. For those who would point fingers, it is quite possible that a major reason for President Obama doing less than he could have is because of the “Christian” vitriol and lack of prayer covering over him. However, in the parallel analogy we find Saul’s last act being when he fell to the Philistines—in President Obama’s last act we see him capitulating to the Palestinians (modern-day Philistia) to the unjust detriment of Israel. President Obama was well spoken, seemed to manage his family well, was an inspiration for blacks and minorities world-wide, but he still served more as a Saul than a David.
TRUMP AS DAVID?
Though perhaps imperfectly, President Trump is as a David—specifically how David was as king. Whereas, Saul was a man of the people—David was a man chosen by God. God spoke to me, “I chose Trump because I know some things that none of you know.” Donald Trump was divinely chosen and placed in power by God, but because we cannot see the Ecclesiastes 3:11 “whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end,” many of us are presently confused or deceived. While this is all understandable based on Trump’s imperfections, it will ultimately hurt our own, personal “Promised Land” gains to not be in synch with God. If we never invited Him in to our processing there is a price to pay for that oversight and pride.
Though it may seem almost insulting to equate President Trump with David, it is only unreasonable when we forget David’s less ideal behavior.
David was a man of war from very young. He was never noted for his soft speech, nor his general “fruit of the Holy Spirit.” Even in defeating Goliath, he yelled back at Goliath and upped the ante to the words Goliath spoke to him by having an even more vicious response. He was quite vocal in his disputes with his opponents, and he did things like curse his own captain Joab with a most horrible, multigenerational curse.
“May the family of Joab be cursed in every generation with a man who has open sores or leprosy or who walks on crutches or dies by the sword or begs for food!”
(furthermore if they had done a direct proper translation he actually said, “may there be one who is effeminate in every generation.”)
Also as you read David’s “song of praise” to God in 2 Samuel 22, you see his strong identity in his responses with war and with quenching his enemies. He spoke often of having to be defended by God because his enemies were many. Beginning in verse 38 he said,
“I chased my enemies and destroyed them, I did not stop until they were conquered. I consumed them; I struck them so they did not get up; they fell beneath my feet…You placed my foot on their necks, I have destroyed all who hated me. (Christlike?)…They even cried to God, but He refused to answer. I ground them as fine as the dust of the earth, I trampled them in the gutter like dirt…Sovereign nations cringe before me; as soon as they hear of me, they submit. They all lose their courage and come trembling from their strongholds…He is God who pays back those who harm me; he brings down the nations under me.”
You see Trump has a similar call of God towards America’s destiny as to what David had on behalf of Israel. Through Trump God is drawing lines in the sand even for entire nations. The recent vote against the USA in the United Nations registered in heaven. Most of the nations chose to condemn Trump and the USA for stating that we would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital—a fact already sanctioned in Congress over 20 years ago, but with no president that possesses the inner fortitude to stand up to the nations. Likewise, Trump’s obedience to declare Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal capital, as well as where we will now have our embassy located, resonated heavily in heaven. You have to leave it to God to judge the value of that as counterposed to Trump’s Twitter “meanness.” Because it is a time of war Trump is called to be rough sandpaper for things God is surfacing to be dealt with. The church needs to be the ministers of reconciliation, but it is not President Trump’s assignment—particularly at the front end of his term. Discernment is so critical at this time.
It was David who established Jerusalem as special, and he took it away from the Jebusites for good. It was David that made Israel strong and saw them defeat the Philistines, the Moabites, the Syrians, the Ammonites, and others (see 2 Sam. 8). It was win after win as he took on the nations. It was David that made Israel extremely wealthy, and from that wealth was able to contribute literally billions of dollars worth of resources to the building of the house of God that Solomon would build. Presently, Trump has the assignment to have Israel and Jerusalem protected and strengthened as well as the assignment to make America great in resources and in military might. The military might establishes and ensures that nations that are oppressed by despots may have freedom. It is the church that then carries the “tabernacle of David” part of the assignment to bring in the presence of God to it all. We can not confuse President Trump’s assignment with our own. Whether he lacks love in what he does or how he communicates—we cannot properly advance the Kingdom without love.
David was not primarily a man of peace. He was not a man of soft words. He had trouble and betrayal around him seemingly at all times. Goliath was his most famous adversary and he was the big mouth who froze Israel for 40 days as he took over the airways. He represents Media and David had to tame him before the Philistines could be routed.
David also had three sons who tried to take his throne. David was in almost constant relational conflict. Saul was actually a better family man than David, or at least had less brokenness around him. David’s captain also turned on him—remember as well, Shimei and then Sheba. Everyone was seemingly out to get him, and his enemies were many—partially because his assignment was great and partially because relationships were not his strength.
Ultimately all his enemies were decimated because they came against he who was anointed by God for a special mission—a special mission that took into account his failings, including that he was also going to be one who did the Bathsheba thing and the Uriah thing. In David’s day if you assumed you could bash him and be against him because of his failings you would be fighting against God. It never justifies the sins, and there are always consequences (as David had), but God has always had to anoint that which wasn’t perfect—and then work on perfecting him while he is on assignment. The hypocrisy for the church is that up until now we have had almost no vision, priority, or preparation for the mountain of government—yet we want to be the first to bash everyone who God has to pick from. We have to change that. Besides Jesus, God has never sent perfect vessels from heaven, but always picks from the available pool of people on earth. Don’t blame Him for His choices until and unless we upgrade the pool of prospects He has to chose from.
NEXT AS SOLOMON?
I believe that after President Trump will be a leader who will encompass the best aspects of King Solomon. Solomon (means “peace”) of course was David’s son and it was he who was commissioned to build the house of God. David wanted to do that as well, but was told that he was a “man of war” with some blood on his hands—not qualified for that assignment. Solomon was the man who asked for wisdom and then reigned in peace and prosperity during his time as king. This will be the assignment for the next president of the USA, and I believe it is even somewhat obvious who it is supposed to be. He carries peace and wisdom even now, and his last named is actually peace, except for one letter being different. Am I prophesying that he will be next? Well, I am prophesying that is what I believe that I have been shown. Can things mess it up so it doesn’t happen? I don’t think so, but I suppose only God knows the answer to that question. I do know that as a nation we are presently more in the midst of a force of destiny from God than most are aware of. He is still Sovereign, which doesn’t mean He chooses everything that happens, but that He CAN do so if and when He wants to.
Solomon enjoyed the advancements that David made for him and for Israel. Israel was now strong enough that surrounding enemies didn’t dare move on Israel, because they remembered what happened under David. There was peace by strength, not peace by negotiating prowess. As long as wickedness abounds in the nations of the world God will be using “peace by strength.” Also because of the unprecedented prosperity the nations and the queen of Sheba came to see Solomon and Israel. Israel and the United States have an overlapping joint-destiny, and the future for both is perhaps unmatchable prosperity. The enemy has attempted to surreptitiously prosper the enemies of Israel and America, but they will either repent from being enemies or they will have a crushing loss of resources, much like what happened to Venezuela through Hugo Chavez immediately after he cursed Israel. A great restoration is coming for Venezuela but they paid the price for repeatedly voting in Chavez as president.
So a “time of peace” is coming for America, but until that does we must access the peace internally and become the ministers of reconciliation that we are called to be.
Perhaps where the church is most distant from Him is in knowing His storyline and His narrative. As Bobby Connor will often say, “we are way too familiar with a God we barely know.” We are growing in our knowledge of Him, which is good, but it is still our greatest poverty. Seemingly half the church seems to think He is more about rules and commandments than about love and kindness, but the good news is we are shifting. Those that finally get that He is about love often don’t know there is an accompanying story-line that goes with it that must be fulfilled. If you don’t grasp the concept of His faithfulness to Abraham and by extension Israel, you are going to miss Him a lot, even if you know He is all about love. His love extends multi-generationally in ways that are difficult for us to comprehend. He values friendship and that’s also something we don’t have much of a grid for. Our entire existence here on earth includes us learning to discern His heart, His story, His narrative, and agreeing with it. It will always be about love, but there is a big-picture love story also being played out that can’t be ignored in the details. It is why Jesus could tell Peter “Get behind me Satan” when Peter insisted Jesus didn’t need to go to the cross. Peter sounded loving towards Jesus, but He was ignorant of the greater love story (the cross) he was seeking to do damage to. Our God’s narrative (think movie script) includes Israel, Jerusalem, the 7 mountains, cities and nations, and He can think about each with as much passion as He does for an individual. We don’t naturally know how to do that. He wept over Jerusalem and expressed His passion for her as a city. We must learn first of all to love—then we must learn to love at the same micro and macro level that He does. He recognizes the souls of cities and nations as well as the souls of individuals, and He is now prioritizing them as never before.
LAST WORD ON TRUMP
As we begin to understand the God who works a big-picture narrative we then see the brilliance of Him choosing a man named Trump to be the game-changer in history. Psalm 47:5 says, “God has gone up with the sound of the trump.” Isaiah 18:3 says, “when He blows a trumpet, hear it!”. Zech. 9:14 says, “The Lord God will blow the trump and march in the storms of the south.” Joshua 6:5 says, “when you hear the sound of the trump…go straight forward.” Neh. 4:20 says, “When you hear the sound of the trump rush to wherever it is sounding. Then our God will fight for us!”
A trumpet sound comes in to signify that a great change is here. Even the “last trump” of 1 Cor. 15 is to announce that, “we shall all be changed.” God is sounding His Trump and He is saying “time for change!” A time of war means a time of change. It means conquest time. Perhaps the most overused prophetic term is “breakthrough” and it will probably be in several different prophetic words for 2018. It is used so much that it seems to have lost its value. However, this year the Lord really does have breakthroughs that He wants to hand out as party favors everywhere. It is appropriately enough that King David who encountered Him as Lord of Breakthroughs. In 2 Samuel 6:20 he tells how the Lord delivered the Philistines into his hand and so he named the place Baal Perazim, which means “Lord of Breakthroughs”–as he proclaimed, “The Lord has broken through my enemies!” This is in fact what God does have for each and every one of us as we embrace the season, the leadership, and the assignment He has placed before us.
For those reading this whole word you will already know that I will speak positively of the Stock Market. However, to accommodate those who just scrolled down to this part let me make it clear that I do think the market can still go up substantially as one of the signs of economic health and prosperity. I do not believe that the market overall is overpriced, and I see it going up to 30,000 in Trump’s day—and that may not even be its limit. There will be a great boost to the economy from the new tax laws, as well as from Trump’s economic declarations. Many of you who have heard that it will be bad for the poor or middle class will soon enough have first-hand proof that this is not so. You were a “victim” of distorted news. Of course with it all, Wall Street itself still needs ongoing reform, but that too will begin to be spliced in at an accelerated pace. It is a season of profound reformation.
The Bit Coin and an apparent tsunami of cryptocurrencies are all the rage right now. Many kingdom friends are involved in them in some way or another, and I am frequently asked about them. I can neither condemn nor fully endorse them. A simple reality is that the economic dynamic of the dark kingdom is fear and greed (Mammon). Gods economic kingdom works on the dynamic of faith and trust. Both entail risk, but only one of those risks is a kingdom- sanctioned risk. If the reason you are investing or running with the new cryptocurrencies is because of fear or greed then that is not really a kingdom venture, even if you make a lot of money.
I know that many are fearful that the dollar is going to collapse and so that fear motivation has them looking for another more stable currency. There is nothing stable about any of the cryptocurrencies. ALL currencies are ultimately “fiat” currencies and there is no getting around that. The only stable currency on the planet is trust in God. All other currencies whether dollar, gold-based, or blockchain-based contain some unknowable measure of volatility. Just watch how the Bit Coin jumps up and down daily and you will know that it is an extremely volatile fiat currency of its own.
Having said that, there is a unique opportunity to make (or lose) a lot of money in short order with these currencies, and God could lead someone into that market—if not you are just gambling. Ironically the unintended consequence of the cryptocurrency rage has been to longterm stabilize both the dollar (yes, I know it is presently lower) and Wall Street investments, as they are now that which contain the lower volatility when diversified. Much of the ever-feared bubble has been transposed into the cryptocurrency world. It is a whole new wild-card dynamic that has created another asset base, and its explosive possibilities are exciting. It is generating millions and billions of dollars of value out of essentially thin air, and that too is a dynamic of hope-filled economic atmospheres. Hope literally generates money, and it is the most important economic asset at a macro level. Therefore when a President regularly tells us that the economy is doing well and is going to do even better it literally has a stimulant effect.
A coming “wealth transfer” is talked about a lot in our circles. The Iraqi dinar, a multitude of pyramid schemes, as well as the aforementioned cryptocurrencies are often brought into the conversation as the vehicle for how the wealth transfer is coming. Prophets are often part of these groups or a chief spokesman for it. Unfortunately the recent history of the last 10-15 years has seen very good people and ministries lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in these “sure thing” ventures. So I have a word of wisdom for whomever has an ear to hear. Any investment that is predicated on either a monumental collapse or a monumental recovery—doubt it. The Iraqi dinar becoming valuable has always required the Muslim world to become stable and that is not happening in the majority of Muslim countries, and thus almost no Muslim currency is ever going to jump 10 or 20 times in value, no matter how much oil or other resource is there. Volatile governments keep a currency volatile, no matter how much resource is there. Likewise, if you are counting on the monumental collapse of the US dollar for your financial bonanza it is not going to happen. God partially put Trump in power to stabilize the US dollar and the US economy, so that the world economy becomes more stable. It is the devil trying to kill the dollar, the US economy, and the world economy—so don’t agree with a plan that counts on those dynamics.
The big, missing ingredient I am finding in those who perceive they are called into significant kingdom finances is their lack of present willingness to put their money where their mouth is. I see many aspiring “kingdom financiers” in reality giving nothing or very little to kingdom people and projects while constantly speaking of how much they are going to be giving. They explain how they need all their present thousands and millions to get to the next level. I see the ones that God is actually prospering with next-level income are those who already heavily invest in financing kingdom activity, even as they contend for the greater breakthrough.
Great resources are being released in this season into the house of God, but your stewardship with your first level of breakthrough will determine if you get the ultimate upgrade you were designed to step into. In the same way you analyze stocks and markets to determine investment intelligence you need to be looking around at all that goes by the name “Christian” and discern what is actually a good kingdom soil for you to sow into. We don’t need anymore “Left Behind” projects sown into, as it is the wrong narrative of the day. Many of you will find your future financial harvest determined by your ability to discern what is a God priority for you to sow into now. Future ministers of wealth will not just be gifted in making money but in recognizing the forerunner and front-runner thing that God is saying to sow into.
I will need to do a whole post on this, but for now let me just say the onus of God is on California and great, great change is coming to this, the most populous state of the nation. The greatest fire in California history is still burning in an area where many Hollywood superstars have mansions—this after LA experienced its biggest fire ever earlier in the year. The Santa Ana (Holy Grace) winds have blown stronger than ever this year, and from the great Napa fires to many more fires it has been an unprecedented year all across the state. Related to the “Harvey Weinstein effect” Hollywood is in absolute implosion and reformation, and that will continue and go to a deep enough level that in time it really will be called “Holywood.” Great good will be released to the world through that which is called Hollywood as the anointed sons and daughters of the King of Kings will begin to bring true creativity accompanied with overwhelming presence into Hollywood. Sooner than we think we will pinch ourselves in amazement at the world-wide kingdom advancements through Hollywood.
Great change is also coming to the political spectrum. Sacramento is about to experience major exposures of sin and corruption in so many places that it will cause heads to spin. Millions and perhaps billions of dollars have been being used in ways most the citizenry has had no idea about. Clean up is coming. The gut reflex reaction will be so strong in the state that it will cause an overturning of the entire dominant political party. Neither established party is clean right now, but out of this will come surprising, new, unprecedented political developments that will eventually go nationwide. California for all its liberal reputation is the state that led with drawing a line in the sand on the sexual harassment issue, and they are going to again surprise with the new playing field they demand in government.
While many in California and elsewhere are holding out for another “Jesus Movement,” God has something much more encompassing in mind than just having a few thousand getting saved and baptized. Reformation is coming and it will be great. It will include revival, but it will be greater than revival and not worthy to be called only revival. Redding and Bethel will have a significant role to play in this, and they will be the volcano from which non-stop fire goes to the rest of the state and nations. I have spoken into that before, but things are about to get kingdom-exciting up there. We are just a few years away from a totally unrecognizable California, and it is going to be good. There is no doubt that God can say to California as He said to Peter, “Satan has desired to sift you as wheat, BUT I have prayed for you.” Jesus has prayed for California and He will be rewarded.
ISRAEL AND JERUSALEM
I already spoke into that in measure, but just to say again this is of highest priority of heaven right now. The recent recognizing of Jerusalem as capital and the subsequent rejection of that by most nations will resonate for a long time. Obadiah 1:15 says “as you have done to Israel it will be done to you.” This will be begin to play out in increasingly obvious ways, providing instruction to the nations of the world as to our God’s ways. Disrespecting Israel is like disrespecting a mother. God just doesn’t sanction it, no matter how imperfect the mother. Israel, because of God’s covenant with Abraham, became our parent for every good thing including the eternal life that came to us through He who was a descendant of Abraham. Without Abraham and Israel there is no Jesus, as Mary and Joseph both were Israelites. So yes, Palestinians are also beloved of God, but their land rights are preceded and super-ceded by Israel’s right to the land that God covenanted to Abraham and Israel forever. When that is not respected it is not just a dishonoring of Israel but a dishonoring of God. This is where it is not all just about “love” in general, but about God’s big love story. The revealing of that love story is progressive and our part is to discern it, desire to see it, and agree with it.
I was recently in South Korea and prophesied that I had seen that “NOW God” was about to intervene and take out Kim Jong-Un. I sensed it so strongly I honestly felt that the NOW would have already taken place. His NOW’s always seem to have more elasticity than my NOW’s, but I still believe this will happen soon. I believe that President Trump has been anointed to keep pressure on Kim Jong-Un until he breaks one way or the other. It is time for a new “One Korea” that is South Korea based. A “One Korea” will have a major role in the world harvest.
Whereas Kim Jong-Un is like the reactive, rebellious teenager that let’s you know everything he is thinking, Iran and its leadership are more sinister and long-term dangerous, specifically so since they are empowered by a strong anti-semitic and anti-christ principality. President Trump is also called to circle around them with pressure and more pressure until they too are dealt with. Dealing with Iran is part of the protect and honor Israel assignment that we carry as a nation. There is a great on-fire, underground church in Iran that is becoming a game changer in that nation. They will eventually flip the nation from goat to sheep nation.
One of the areas where we will see great breakthroughs in 2018 is in the area of family. Beyond what I can explain, a great grace for family is being made available and we will find family and the mountain of family greatly affected in a positive way. Somehow the overall climate of conflict is going to be conducive to allowing God in at a new way in relationships. The present new sensitivity to women is a precursor to this, and this whole dynamic will be a treasure to look for in 2018. Many delayed, relational promises will find a happy ending in 2018.
PEACE IN AN AGE OF DISRUPTION
Though God has placed a “man of war” as President of our nation, and though we are in an age of disruption, it will still be very possible and very advantageous to be people of peace. “Blessed are the peacemakers” will never have a more relevant time. Jesus is still the Prince of Peace for every season and as He promises, His peace is the peace that surpasses understanding. We are entering into an accelerated season of disruption with breakthroughs in areas like artificial intelligence (ai) and virtual reality (vr) starting to be all around game-changers. It will not always be necessary to understand everything going on, but it will be advisable to always be holding the hand of the One who does. No disruption will outpace His capability to be ten steps ahead. Then the Holy Spirit is Disruptive Technology personified. He is the Spirit of Truth with counsel and wisdom for every potential new scenario. We may often be in “recalculate mode” as our original GPS systems were, but He is the One that always knows what our Global Positioning needs to be. Without Him we can do NOTHING. But with Him literally ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE. This is the faith, hope, and love we are to set ourselves to, and we can anticipate a 2018 of great victories and multiple breakthroughs. He is Lord of Breakthroughs and happy is the one who puts his trust in Him. As you do—a great 2018 is secured for you. Set your mind to prosper.
Johnny and Elizabeth Enlow are social reformers at heart, as well as international speakers and authors of The Seven Mountain Prophecy, The Seven Mountain Mantle, and Rainbow God. As ones focused on the reformation of the 7 primary areas of culture, they are spiritual mentors to many in Media, Arts and Entertainment, Government, Family, Religion, Economy, and Education. Their passion is to awaken our generation to the reality of the God of all of life, Who not only cares for our souls, but also has practical solutions to offer through His sons and daughters for every problem that exists in society.