Here we stand at a new year in the history of humanity. Last month marked the end of one season and the beginning of another with the number 8 carrying the Biblical meaning for "new beginnings." This held true in 2008 among the Body at large and with our "BURN 24-7" tribe blazing a "resting place for God" in over 70 cities across the globe. More furnaces releasing sweet incense were launched in more cities and nations across the globe than during any previous year in our short history.
We experienced a new explosion of healings, salvations, miracles and restoration in our communities as we gathered in day and night adoration and worship to rebuild David's fallen tent (Amos 9:11 and Acts 15:16). We launched new outreaches in our cities and regions to bring the fire of His presence to the poor, the destitute, and the lost, bringing authentic cultural transformation.
Not only did all of this take place, but God birthed new dreams and visions in the hearts of His sons and daughters that will mark and guide us for the rest of our earthly lives. 2008 was a year of newness and birth across the planet, and a healthy understanding and impartation of this will provide a springboard and launching pad for this next season and year that we've just entered into.
Fullness of the Fruits and Gifts of the Spirit
As with the Sons of Issachar, we are called to be those who understand the "times and seasons" we live in. It would be a shame to blindly enter another year as if we are just "making it through," while ignoring what God is saying and speaking to us regarding the coming season. Just as 2008 was a year of "new beginnings," I firmly believe 2009 is a year of "fruit and harvest" across the Body.
The number 9 carries the Biblical meaning of "fruit, harvest and fullness." There are 9 "Gifts of the Spirit" (1 Corinthians 12:7-10) and 9 "Fruits of the Spirit" (Galatians 5:22-23), and we are entering a season where God longs to see the fullness of these released in the Body and in our daily lives.
The fullness comes as we carry the complete release of the Gifts of the Spirit while maintaining character that exemplifies the Fruit of the Spirit in every word, action and thought. This will be the very thing undergirding the most massive harvest God has unleashed in the history of mankind! It will be a strong foundation providing lasting and sustaining fruit for years to come!
What God has birthed in 2008 will reach a season of fruit, harvest and fullness in 2009. These are such amazing exciting times we are living in and the acceleration we are experiencing in our communities, cities and nations is absolutely astounding! We must be a people with thankful hearts for all HE HAS DONE while reaching ahead for MORE THAT IS TO COME! PEOPLE GET READY!
It's Time for Jehu to Ride
I have been meditating on a story in the Bible recently that has stirred my spirit to ask for this to manifest in the Body and in our midst this year. Last November, I was in Kona, HI with some fiery burn leaders bringing an impartation of the BURN 24-7 DNA to the largest YWAM base in the world in preparation for our Fire and Fragrance school. The dream of this school is a journey to see the divine marriage of the Missions Movement and the Worship and Prayer Movement happen; to unleash Davidic worshipper revivalists into the darkest nations of the world armed with the song and presence of the Lord.
During this preparation week, there was a phrase that spread throughout our crew and began to stir deep inside my bones. The saying was this: "It's time for Jehu to ride."
I began to meditate on the story of Jehu and the state of the nation when he was anointed king in 2 Kings 9. When Jehu came on the scene, Ahab and Jezebel were reigning supreme and controlled the land with the spirit of idolatry, perversion and wickedness. Instead of the prophet Elisha taking matters into his own hands, God told him to anoint a King to be the divine solution.
A man from the company of the prophets found Jehu, son of Jehoshaphat, anointed him with a flask of oil on his head and gave him one charge from the Lord: dethrone the house of Ahab and establish righteousness again in the land. The Bible describes that Jehu then drove his chariot "like a madman" (verse 20) in chasing down evil powers and principalities while establishing righteousness in its place. He did not relent until every single member of the house of Ahab was forever destroyed and forgotten.
Even during times of intense opposition against this call, those who came against him were simply commanded to "fall in behind" and join him (verse 18-19) in this pursuit and mandate from the Lord. He called out to those in the nation, "Come with me and see my zeal for the Lord" (2 Kings 10:16). This gift of zeal was to break off their apathy, and break open their desensitized hearts toward righteousness.
We are in a Jehu-like moment across America and the rest of the world in this new season. The spirit of Jezebel and the House of Ahab are ruling and reigning supreme in culture, government, media and even the church to some extent. I believe God's answer is not just to release the prophets and those in "full-time ministry" to take care of the problem. His longing is to activate and anoint everyday kings in their place of authority to rise up and take a stand against injustice, perversion and unrighteousness.
Jehu was NOT a prophet or a priest, but an HEIR to the throne. The call from God goes out to all joint-heirs to establish righteousness in the land and throw out all excuses that harden hearts.
This is our mandate in 2009 as sons and daughters of God across the Body. It is the hour to come forth and RIDE LIKE MADMEN dethroning principalities and powers of wickedness while establishing justice and righteousness through a lifestyle of PRESENCE living, working, breathing and being!
"Zeal for Your House Consumes Me"
We will then begin to call out to the nations and beckon them to come and see our ZEAL for the house of the Lord! They will be forever marked in one moment of His presence surrounded by the righteous living holy lives! Jesus Himself exemplified this Spirit when He violently cleared the temple of money changers and declared the famous line: "My house shall be called a house of prayer" (Matthew 21:13). As His disciples watched this rampage unfold before their eyes, they noted Psalm 69:9 (it's the year of 9's) which says, "Zeal for Your house consumes me."
God is calling forth this Jehu and Jesus anointing to carry fresh and attractive zeal for the house of the Lord that will restore righteousness, justice and worship in every nation of the world. This anointing to "ride like madmen" dethroning the spirit of Jezebel while enthroning the King of Kings will usher us into a season of widespread fruit, harvest and fullness in 2009.
Believe and receive this, and prepare yourself to ride as KINGS in 2009! Do not forsake the mandate but embrace it and run with it. Join in, wherever you can, in cities all over the world as we aim together for cultural transformation through the Presence of God!
IT'S TIME TO RIDE!!!
Sean Feucht, Founder
About Sean Feucht:
Sean Feucht and his wife Kate are the founders of Burn 24-7 - powerful, prolonged experiences of worshiping the Father and intercession for the nations. Their undying vision is to ignite and establish places of continual worship and prayer that will affect the spiritual atmospheres, climates and cultures of cities and regions for the Kingdom of God. Sean has released five prophetic worship albums and travels around the nation leading worship and speaking at conferences, camps, services and BURN 24-7 furnaces.