On December 7, 2019 my husband and I were sitting on our porch seeking the Lord, and praying. I looked up and saw something I’ve never seen before and knew it had meaning. Our house is on the edge of a canyon. About 100 yards away, a very large number of doves were perched on a fence, facing us. I got my binoculars and counted them. There were 26! This was astonishing; we’ve lived here nine years and never seen more than a few doves at a time (five at most). Over the course of the approximately 30 minutes they were here, some left and some arrived, but the number stayed around 26.
About 15 minutes into this encounter, a large hawk flew into a tall evergreen tree, also facing us, about 30 feet directly above the doves. The hawk did not try to attack the doves during the whole time it was here. This was peculiar; hawks are birds of prey and attack doves!
The presence of the Lord was very strong during this time, and we were both hearing Holy Spirit speaking. One clear witness to both of us in the doves seemingly invisible to the hawk, was that it was as if the hawk recognized, and was a part of, the higher purpose at work. We both heard, “When you are moving in My purpose, no weapon formed against you will prosper.” It also seemedas if they were watching us. Holy Spirit reminded me of this verse:
“For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.” (2 Chron. 16:9(a), KJV)
Since then I have been seeking the Lord and studying as He leads, and believe He is revealing a glimpse into what He is bringing forth in the days ahead. On Christmas Day 26 doves appeared again, confirming to me the significance of what the Lord is saying.
THE NUMBER 26 REPRESENTS GOD!
Biblically, 26 is a significant number. According to biblestudy.org:
- YHWH – The values of the Hebrew letters for YHWH, when added up, equal 26.
- GOD – The values of the English letters for GOD, when added up, equal 26.
- JESUS BAPTIZED – many scholars and researchers believe John baptized Jesus in 26 A.D.*
12/7/19, the date of our encounter, was also the date Reinhart Bonnke passed into heaven. At the time we didn’t know that, but we did sense a significant shift spiritually.
We have entered 2020, a double number year. In Strong’s Concordance, 2626 in Hebrew is a word meaning strong and mighty. 2626 in Greek is to inundate, overflow; an outpouring.
I decree that 2020 will be a year where the LORD GOD – YHWH – will be seen as strong and mighty in the earth. We will see an increase of evidence of God’s sovereignty, just as we saw the hawk and doves seeming to answer to God’s ruling in His sovereign purposes. There is coming forth a great expression of the sovereign rule of God that will confound those who are considered wise and powerful in the world.
DOVES REPRESENT HOLY SPIRIT, PEACE AND NEW BEGINNINGS
When John the Baptist baptized Jesus, Holy Spirit in the form of a dove landed upon him and a voice from heaven spoke to confirm Jesus as God’s Son (Matt. 3:16-17). In Genesis Chapter 8, during the great flood, Noah sent forth a dove to see if any land had appeared. The dove returned with an olive branch, representing peace with God and new beginnings.
I declare to you that the old season has ended. Holy Spirit is moving, and God is making Himself known. Structures of darkness are shifting. I declare even now tearing of the veil that has kept people from seeing He is Lord of heaven and earth. Many that have been bound and held captive are coming into the light of day, for new beginnings are at hand. I see graveclothes being shaken off and new garments being given. Step forward boldly into your new assignments, for the new day is at hand! Receive all that the Father has for you by faith!
HAWKS REPRESENT KEEN SIGHT, WARRING, AND DISCERNMENT OF TIMES AND SEASONS
Hawks are birds of prey with keen eyesight – their vision is 20/2 (eight times more accurate than 20/20)! According to Watson’s Biblical and Theological Dictionary, hawks are birds of passage, whereby they know times and seasons (Job 39:26). We sensed strongly that the hawk knew it was not time to attack, nor could it, for God’s purpose was in operation. I believe the Lord is saying that He is releasing to the Body of Christ great discernment of His times and seasons; we are to watch faithfully and obey His instruction.
WATCHMEN AND GATEKEEPERS – ARISE, GATHER AND GET IN POSITION!
Hawks are very territorial, representing gatekeepers. Doves are normally ground dwellers. These were elevated on the fence, lined up like sentinels, seeming to watch and guard the area.
“For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter (gatekeeper) to watch.” (Mark 13:34 KJV, synonym/emphasis added by me)
I sensed the Holy Spirit strongly saying, “Tell My people to pay attention – there is a war for the destiny of nations. By My Spirit build spiritual walls, and you will see structures of darkness fall. I am calling forth My watchmen and My keepers of the gates; rise up from your slumbering state! Arise, gather, and get in position! I will release wisdom and give you new vision. Look and see; declare and decree!”
UNITY AND OBEDIENCE TO THE SPIRIT ARE CRITICAL
The doves and hawk seemed to be in one accord – in unity – as if they were all there for the same purpose. Holy Spirit reminded me of one of the shocking accounts He had me include in “Moses – Shocked in the Desert” that relates to this encounter. In 1 Kings 13, a prophet was disobedient to the instruction of the Lord, led astray by an older prophet who had a seemingly higher level of authority. The disobedient prophet was killed by a lion. It stood by the prophet’s body afterward; it did not devour the body, nor did it attack the prophet’s donkey which also stood by the body. They were on assignment together.
It is imperative that we know God, hear His voice for ourselves and obey His instruction explicitly. He is releasing great ability to discern His voice, His times and seasons. He is calling His Body to recognize His authority and submit to His headship. It is time to let go of personal preferences, comparison and hierarchical structures that have nothing to do with the Kingdom of God. We are to be led by the Spirit and submit one to another as He leads.
I declare that in this coming year, there is going to be a move of Holy Spirit such as we have never seen. There is a gathering anointing that has been released that is shaking off the separation among members of the Body of Christ, for the Father says now is the time for a breaking of strongholds of division. I decree the Unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace; receive the anointing for great release!
ANGELS ARE AMASSING TO COVER, DEFEND, AND FURTHER THE WORK OF THE LORD!
Look and see, declare and decree! There are angels amassing to cover, defend, and further the work of the Lord, waiting for the release of His word! (Ps. 103:20-21)
Take courage and have bold faith! Watch as God makes Himself known as the strong and mighty One, the sovereign Lord over all creation! The supernatural power of God will be seen as He makes Himself known as defender of His people and His purposes, just as He sent the cloud to protect and guide the Israelites from the Egyptians on their journey. (Ex. 14:20) No weapon formed against us shall prosper! The battle is the Lord’s! (2 Chron. 20:15)
I see and declare angels are amassing and the resources of heaven and earth are opening to you as you heed the call of God and step into your new assignments! I decree a veil over the eyes and blocking the ears of the enemy. Their schemes will be of no avail; we can trust that God’s plans will not fail! I declare to you the sovereignty of God and Lordship of Jesus Christ to be made manifest in your circumstances; I decree your faith is being activated right now and the voices of fear and negativity are silenced! You are a carrier of the Glory of the Lord; let His presence, authority and power reign! Move forward at His word into your new assignments with boldness and confidence, in full peace, resting in this knowledge: the enemy can no longer devour when the name of the LORD is your strong and mighty tower!
“Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,’ Calling a bird of prey from the east, The man who executes My counsel, from a far country. Indeed I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass. I have purposed it; I will also do it.” (Isaiah 46:9-11 NKJV)
*(see https://www.biblestudy.org/beginner/learn-basic-bible-timeline/introduction.html for more information on this).
January 2, 2020