I believe this coming year will be marked by opportunities which, if utilized, will take us to greater heights both spiritually and naturally. I’m going to look at signs and symbols that I believe will help guide us into the new year and beyond.
John 20:20, “When He [Jesus] had said this [‘peace be with you’], He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord” (emphasis mine).
This was the first appearance of Jesus to His disciples after His resurrection from the dead. They finally could understand what it meant in Luke 18:31-34:
“Then He took the twelve aside and said to them, ‘Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be accomplished. For He will be delivered to the Gentiles and will be mocked and insulted and spit upon. They will scourge Him and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again.’ But they understood none of these things; this saying was hidden from them, and they did not know the things which were spoken.”
This year will be one when we will be able to understand many spiritual truths that have been beyond our comprehension until now.
Meanings of 20 and 40
The number 20 symbolizes expectancy. Jacob waited 20 years for his wives and property. Israel waited 20 years for deliverance to come through Samson. Solomon waited 20 years for the completion of his building project.
2020 = 40. Israel spent 40 years in the wilderness. Moses was 40 days on the mount to receive the 10 commandments. Jesus was tempted in the wilderness for 40 days. Jesus was seen by His disciples for 40 days after His resurrection.
These were major turning points in all of those situations. This coming year may be a turning point for us in many ways.
4 Words for 2020
Small Straws—these are 4 words that might represent 4 seasons of the year 2020:
1. “Find things you can take delight in so that you dwell on goodness and not sorrow. You can trust Me to bring you through every circumstance in peace,” says the Lord.
John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
2. “You are on the path of destiny, and you will discover that weakness and failures can no longer define you. Look to the future and not to the past. I will strengthen you to overcome in the days to come.”
Psalm 105:4, “Seek the LORD and His strength; seek His face evermore!”
3. “Refuse to allow discouragement to take you off course. This year will bring definition to your hopes and dreams.”
Psalm 31:24, “Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the LORD.”
4. “Stay alert and spiritually aware. You will not want to miss what I am doing in your life and circumstances.”
Ephesians 5:14, “Therefore He says: ‘Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.'”
12 Things God Showed Me for 2020
I saw a sign that read: This Is The Sign You’ve Been Looking For. It was a big neon sign, and I believe that the things I am about to share are things we have desired to know or need to understand which are relevant to us in the coming year.
Acts 2:19, “I will show wonders in Heaven above and signs in the earth beneath…”
I saw a myriad of emojis: happy, sad, dismayed, outraged, clueless, bewildered, etc. This is an indication that we will have many and varied situations that we can react to, but if we desire to respond as Jesus would, we can maintain peace.
We need to strive to keep our emotions in check. A reaction is survival-oriented and, on some level, a defense mechanism. It might turn out okay, but often a reaction is something you regret later. A response on the other hand usually comes more slowly. It’s based on information from both the conscious mind and unconscious mind.
I saw an arrow pointing to the right on a fence or a wall. If we follow Jesus, He will lead us in the way we should go. His Spirit lives in us, so we just have to pay attention and listen.
Proverbs 3:6, “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”
I saw a plain door at the end of a long hallway that was the same width as the door, and the floor and ceiling created an elongated box. I was standing at the entrance. And I realized that we will be shown the way and there will be no other place to go.
John 14:6, “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'”
There was a person submerged in a body of water with a forearm and hand extended above the surface of the water holding a lit sparkler. I believe this was a signal of the importance of maintaining “hope.” We must not lose hope when we find ourselves “under water” emotionally or psychologically.
Hebrews 10:23, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”
I also saw someone holding a light bulb, and I believe it was a symbol of inspiration and ideas. The Spirit of the Lord will impart the inspiration necessary for us to fulfill His plans and purposes for us.
The phrase comes to mind: The flow of destiny.
Revelation 4:1, “After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in Heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, ‘Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.'”
I had an aerial view of a jet that had landed in a space just big enough for it in a heavily wooded pine forest. It looked like an impossibility that the plane could have landed there. But with God, all things are possible, and I was reminded of destiny. God will take us to our destination no matter how difficult it looks naturally. We are in a time of destiny being fulfilled. We will land where we are supposed to be.
Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Two separate visions were about books. In the first, was someone flipping through pages of a book, and I heard the Lord say, “Find your place.” I believe we must find and keep our place in Christ. Any other place is temporary.
2 Corinthians 4:18, “…while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
Then, there were many, many books opened on a table. There are lots of things to learn and understand in this coming season.
Psalm 119:104, “Through Your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way.”
I also saw dozens of sharp cutting tools…knives, scissors, box cutters, and even a hatchet. I believe this is a symbol of us being on the cutting-edge or in the forefront of what God has prepared for us.
We have to stay awake, alert and ready.
2 Timothy 4:2, “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.”
I saw a sign that read: Do Something Great.
We don’t have to be great on our own. The Holy Spirit is GREAT, and all we have to do is stay connected…living and walking in Him!
Galatians 5:25, “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”
And, finally I saw a beverage mug with the word, “Begin”. We have to take the first small step towards God and He takes a giant step toward us.
2020 = 4!
The number 4 is a number of “being”; it is the number that connects mind-body-spirit with the physical world of structure and organization. Four symbolizes the safety and security of home, as well as stability and strength on a solid foundation of values and beliefs. Are we ready for a number 4 year or what?
Recap and Conclusion—a year of:
• Expectation and opportunities
• Turning points (decisive change)
• The flow of destiny
• God will show us the way
• Do not lose hope
• We will be inspired
• Impossibilities are possible with God
• Find your place
• There are lots of things to learn and understand
• Be cutting-edge by staying awake, alert and aware
• The Spirit of the Lord will be great in us.