"A Year of Roaring Justice and Raging Hope"
By Johnny Enlow
"The mirth of the wicked is brief, the joy of the godless lasts but a moment...THE HEAVENS WILL EXPOSE HIS GUILT; the earth will rise up against him." (Job 20:5, 27, emphasis mine)
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may OVERFLOW WITH HOPE by the power of the Holy Spirit." (Romans 15:13, emphasis mine)
I have been in much
earnest prayer for the beginning of the year word for 2020. There is a lot going on, and it becomes a personal challenge to only report what God says to report on. It has always been most important to receive reporting directives from the Lord, as His truth
often omits seemingly important realities.
The 10 spies thought it important to report on the astronomical challenges they assumed the giants in the land would present to the children of Israel. Caleb
thought it best to report only on the "milk and honey" of Canaan, totally minimizing the giants in the land, except to say of them, "They are bread for us." Forty years later, he was proven to be right – the oversized enemies, though theoretically daunting,
ended up being just a forgettable "snack." The God-ordained circumcision Israel had to experience after crossing the Jordan River ended up being a much more significant event than the totality of resistance of all the giants.
Today, we have a similar scenario. We are close enough to a present "Promised Land" to see the actual size and layout of the enemy. We comparatively are "as grasshoppers" to what is straight ahead in our paths. If we get into comparing "us versus
them," then all courage will depart. However, when you (as Caleb did) compare the enemy versus our God, the enemy so pales in comparison that he is dismissible "The Swamp," "the Deep State," the Soros "Open Society" agenda, the Illuminati, the Freemasons,
the Bilderberg’s, the CFR, the organized sex-traffickers, etc., etc. are altogether a laughable resistance when compared to our God – I mean truly laughable (Psalms 2:4).
These all presently
occupy the "Promised Land" of the tops of the 7 Mountains – Media, Economy, Government, Education, Family, Arts and Entertainment, and Religion. We will not enter "Promised Land" territory by studying and trying to dismantle the evil occupiers. We will
enter the "Promised Land" of the 7 Mountains of cities and nations by studying and "mantling" ourselves with who God is in each Mountain. The difference between the two approaches is enormous and the absolute "game-changer."
2020 Corrective Lenses: God in the Equation
The reason 2010-2020 has been a decade with an emphasis on SEEING is because that is the entire key to victory. Battles are won and lost at the point
of observance – not at the point of engagement. Caleb saw God as supreme and the giants as "bread for us." Once you SEE God in the equation, the enemy ALWAYS seems smaller.
David's initial observance
of Goliath was a belittling. He said, "Who is this uncircumcised Philistine?" Why? Because he had defied the armies of the living God. Being able to see the juxtaposition fueled his easy anti-climatic beheading of Goliath. David's biggest challenge of the
day was not Goliath – that was his "piece of cake" assignment. David's biggest challenge of the day was, in fact, the attempted shut down by an envious older brother who called for David to go back to watching his "few little sheep" (1 Samuel 17:28).
Similarly, today the 7 Mountain Reformation message is under assault by the "older brothers" (old wineskins/denominations) who want to chase us all back to just watching our "few little sheep" – even as they
give up more time and more territory to the Goliath criminals on each of the 7 Mountains or Spheres.
Some have said that David is Jesus, and we win when HE returns. Jesus has said WE are David and we win
when WE RISE UP in HIS strength.
"The God of Peace will soon crush satan under [OUR] feet" (Romans 16:20, emphasis mine). Yes, it is God who does it – but it is "Christ IN US" that is the hope of
glory. Yes, God provides all the meaningful power, but He does it when WE engage with Him. God did provide the power for Goliath to be killed – but it was David's ability to see Him that activated God. God had the power the previous 40 days of Goliath's
siege but was NOT going to intervene until someone could first SEE that, and then be moved by this SEEING of God in an exalted place of power. It is NOT "God helps those who help themselves," but "God helps those who properly see Him and thus bring Him into
See the Two Ditches
We have two ditches to avoid. On one side of the road is the ditch of "in the millennium – one day God –
after the rapture" perspective. That is a disempowering ditch that is the "old guard's" territory-ceding narrative. David's older brother, Eliab, was never going to be a part of anything other than fearful survivorship. His Kingdom footprint was always going
to be small.
The ditch on the other side of the road is self-determinism and self-empowerment. It says, "God is not going to do anything and so WE had better unite and do what needs to be done because
that is how God does things." This is just as dangerous of a ditch and it is delusional "self- empowerment."
Many proponents of 7 Mountains perspectives tend toward this approach as the cure to the other
ditch – but it is just another ditch. Neither Caleb nor David were mighty because they sufficiently believed in themselves, or even in Israel's ability to unite and defeat the enemy. Their gifting was in SEEING GOD and His accompanying story-line –
not in their Type A, self-deterministic personality, which tends toward orphan-like thinking, where you are relying totally on yourself.
When you are SEEING properly (20/20 vision), everyone is in perspective
– you, the enemy, and God. YOU have participation. The enemy is the least important detail, but his comparative size TO US is designed to shock us out of "self-help" into a search for God. The God-view is the most important. He is neither absent nor
totally accomplishing everything without you. He fights your battles, but responsive obedience that shows you see Him is required. Without Him you can do nothing. With Him all things are possible.
"…Believe in the Lord God and you will be able to stand firm. Believe in His prophets, and you will succeed." (2 Chronicles 20:20)
is not coincidental that this passage is 20:20 and it is to be of special attention in 2020. In this chapter, multiple armies had come up against King Jehoshaphat and the people, and this terrified him. In an almost apocalyptic statement, he is told by messengers,
"A vast army from Edom is marching against you from beyond the Dead Sea." Jehoshaphat followed the first advice of 20:20 and cried out to God, and had the people join him with prayer and unity. Of course, the reason to turn to God with fasting and prayer is
so you can SEE Him. Appropriately, a SEEING prophet stands and gives the word that Jehoshaphat refers to in 20:20.
JAHAZIEL: "To see God or His Perspective"
In verses 14-17 of this chapter, it is the prophet Jahaziel who stood and gave the word that allowed them to not only stand defensively, but to offensively succeed. The first part of Jahaziel's name comes from a root word that means to see (as a
seer in an ecstatic state) with intelligence. The second part of his name means, "God" or "God-like." The key to every big victory is here. His words in 2 Chronicles 20:15-16 (emphasis mine) were "Listen!...This is what the Lord says to you: 'DO NOT BE AFRAID
OR DISCOURAGED BECAUSE OF THIS VAST ARMY. FOR THE BATTLE IS NOT YOURS, BUT GOD'S. TOMORROW MARCH OUT AGAINST THEM…"
The nuance here has to be picked up. "The battle is the Lord's," but "tomorrow
march out against them." They were not to fall in the ditch of "God is going to do it all." However, the next instructions made it clear this was not "war as usual," nor were they to head to the orphan ditch of "if we don't do it, it won't get done." They
were to "take [their] positions" ON THE BATTLEFIELD, but then, "stand firm and see the deliverance of God."
Jehoshaphat, in order to properly position the people's mindsets, then sent praisers and singers
ahead of the army so that their awareness of dependence on God would remain uppermost in their minds, even while they were participating on the battlefield.
The wisdom for 7 Mountain deployment is immense
from this story. We have to engage on the battlefield for every mountain – because the enemy has raised a huge army to come take us out. This battle cannot be won by good church meetings. Praise and worship were key but were to be done from the battlefield
position. It is one thing to praise the greatness of God in the confines of a church meeting. It is another to praise the supremacy of God while actively standing against the enemy on the battlefields of media, government, education, the economy, family, arts,
as well as religion. It takes more nerve to do the latter and that is now what the Lord is requiring of us in 2020.
Quit being overly excited about big events that happen away from the battlefield where
the enemy has gathered. Any stadium event that is not connected – at a minimum inspiring us for 7 Mountains participation – is just so much less than it could be, and is destined to be forgettable. It does not take courage to feel like the majority.
It takes courage to be up against a great majority.
Roaring Justice and Raging Hope
Since this was the title of this word it is time to expound. JUSTICE
continues as a major theme, as it has been the last few years, but it now gets to the next level of progressive intensity. The theme of justice will roar in our nation and then around the world as our God's heart for the used and abused is made evident before
Justice is not the opposite of mercy, but rather justice is God's mercy on the abused and downtrodden. It is when a line is drawn in the sand against evildoers where there is no more mercy for them
apart from wholesale repentance. The execution of this kind of public justice causes hope to ignite and rage against all doubt, unbelief and limited thinking. Raging hope will burn up disappointment and delay, and it will secure a heart in a big, good, and
Job 20 is very relevant for 2020. At the beginning of this word I already mentioned verses 5 and 27. What I will now say I release as a prophetic word over all those who represent "the swamp"
of this, and even every nation. This is what's next in 2020.
"Though the pride of the wicked reaches to the heavens and their heads touch the clouds, yet they will vanish forever, thrown away like their
own dung...They will fade like a dream and not be found. They will vanish like a vision in the night... Their children will beg from the poor, for they must give back their stolen riches...They will vomit the wealth they swallowed. God won't let them keep
it down...They will give back everything they worked for. Their wealth will bring them no joy. For they oppressed the poor and left them destitute...Nothing remains of all the things they dreamed about. Nothing is left after they finish gorging themselves.
Therefore, their prosperity will not endure...In the midst of plenty, they will run into trouble and be OVERCOME BY MISERY...MAY GOD GIVE THEM A BELLYFUL OF TROUBLE. MAY GOD RAIN DOWN HIS ANGER UPON THEM...THE HEAVENS WILL REVEAL THEIR GUILT, AND THE EARTH
WILL TESTIFY AGAINST THEM." (Job 20:6-7, 8, 10, 15, 18-19, 20-23, 27)
In 2020, another line in the sand will be drawn against organized darkness in the 7 Mountains of society. When this kind of deep justice
takes place, the effect among the people is to release abundant, raging hope. A working definition for real hope is "the expectation of good from God in every area." Seeing deep darkness come to justice promotes a growing, hope-filled expectation for life
in general. It confirms that there is a right and wrong and it confirms that God looks out for the abused and downtrodden. It confirms specifically that God cares enough, is involved enough, and is big enough to address what is too big for us.
IN 2020 LET JUSTICE ROAR AND LET HOPE RAGE OUT OF CONTROL.
By Johnny Enlow
Johnny and Elizabeth
Ellsworth St. SW
Albany, OR 97321