2018: YEAR OF WITNESS OF NEW BIRTHS AND UPGRADES
OLUBI & SARAH JOHNSON
2018 will be a year of witness of new births, beginnings and upgrades. The number 8 is God’s number of new beginnings (since God finished or completed the creation of the heavens and the earth in 7 days (Gen.2.1-2) and the number 18=2×9: witness (2 is God’s number for witness) of new births (9 is the number for new birth: it takes about 9 months to give birth to a baby).
About April 2017, God gave us a prophetic Word:
Just like God gave life to the ‘dead’ bodies of Abraham and Sarah to give birth to Isaac; God will give life to our spiritually dead and mortal bodies to give birth to the manifestation of the fullness of the Son of God:
Romans 4:18-21 NIV: Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” (19) Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. (20) Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, (21) being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.
Notice that God gave life to Abraham’s body and Sarah’s womb which were as good as dead: so in this sense, they experienced a resurrection while still alive in their mortal bodies!
We are to do the same TODAY!
We face the fact (we do not live in denial) that our bodies are getting older and weaker, BUT we do not waver in unbelief regarding God’s promise that the life of God can and will be made manifest in our mortal bodies!
We believe that this prophetic Word will be fulfilled in 2018 this year of witness of new births and onwards as typified in
Genesis 17:17-20 KJV: Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? And shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear? (18) And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee! (19) And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him. (20) And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. (21) But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee AT THIS SET TIME IN THE NEXT YEAR.
Genesis 21:1-2 KJV: And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken. (2) For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, AT THE SET TIME of which God had spoken to him.
In addition to this new birth, we will also experience new beginnings and upgrades in our lives: spiritually, in our health, in our family relationships, in the fruit of the womb, in our finances and careers.
In particular, this new birth in our mortal flesh will upgrade us spiritually from operating by the Spirit with measure (Eph.4.7) to operating by the Spirit without measure (Eph.4.13-15; Jn.3.34).
This manifestation of the glory or Spirit without measure will cause the faith of disciples in the church to be strengthened and established as shown in
John 2:11 KJV: This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples BELIEVED on him.
The consequence upgrade will cause the Lord Jesus to be lifted up in our lives and draw all nations to the church as shown in
John 12:32 KJV: And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
Isaiah 2:2-3 KJV: And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. (3) And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
We have been expecting this manifestation since the end of the blood moon tetrad of 2014-2015 that coincided with the feasts of Passover and Tabernacles: a sign of the fulfillment of the feast of Tabernacles. So even though it seems to be tarrying, we are toin this year 2018, to continue waiting ACTIVELY according to
Habakkuk 2:3 AMP: For the vision is yet for an appointed time and it hastens to the end [fulfillment]; it will not deceive or disappoint. Though it tarry, wait [earnestly] for it, because it will surely come; it will not be behindhand on its appointed day.
Hebrews 10:36-37 AMP: For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God, and thus receive and carry away [and enjoy to the full] what is promised. (37) For still a little while (a very little while), and the Coming One will come and He will not delay.