2017: Kingdoms Will Rise; Kingdoms Will Fall by Andy Sanders
In the last few years, there has been an unprecedented level of tension in relationships between the United States and other world powers. According to some global economists, sociologists, and political analysts, the world is in a prime position for another world war.
Just recently my pastor, in a fatherly fashion, told his spiritual kids to stop fighting over politics! He likened it to the way his own children would fight in the back seat while he was driving with his family. Eventually, he’d have to pull over to deal with each child individually. But once he was on the road again, sure enough, one child would poke another, and the arguing would begin again and again until he was forced to pull over a second time to deal with their nonsense in a more direct fashion. He equated this to the way Christians were fighting over politics.
While some are concerned about World War III, others like me are starting to become more concerned with bickering among believers. Politics shouldn’t be separating the church, but it has splintered it. Honesty, if we as Christians don’t treat our brothers and sisters with love during election seasons, why would the world be interested in joining us?
Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:6-8 NIV).
Christians like signs—a sign of hope, a confirmation, or a lead on the next divine appointment. This same thing was happening right around Jesus’s time, just before Pentecost. The Jews longed for the day that their Messiah would come and establish His kingdom—the greatest kingdom earth would ever know. The Jews were essentially looking for a “super power” Messiah to come in and take over Israel in order to dethrone Rome’s grip on the Jewish people. Rome was starting to implode through corruption, and the Jews had their eyes set on more of an earthly, political Messiah than a heavenly kingdom Messiah to save the earth from sin. This is why they asked Jesus, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” They were asking if Jesus was coming to dethrone the evil power of Rome.
Does this sound familiar right now in America? We have now become focused on looking for a person to come and set our country in order when, in truth, what we need to concentrate on is the kingdom of heaven. Jesus’s response floored the Jews. What he said then, in modern-day words, was, “Man! Don’t be concerned about political forces that rise in their own strength. These people and kingdoms will come and go, and you will have nothing to do with it. In the meantime, I am going to tell you about the most important kingdom ever, and that is the kingdom of heaven. So get your eyes fixed on Me (Jesus) as the heavenly Messiah and get prepared in the near future to really get touched by My Spirit, Who is about to come and pounce all over you. Once you get filled with My power (My mantle of true and authentic authority), you will then touch all kingdoms of the earth—Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth.” So let’s get ready!
The year 2017 will be about real, genuine kingdom authority! During this time,
Kingdoms Will Rise
Fashion with integrity in mind will take its shape in 2017.
For the common Christian, we seldom consider that fashion is an extension of whether we embrace morality or follow modern clothing trends. For most people, these clothing concepts, especially women’s clothing, push the limit of how much of the body can be shown in public. I see a new style emerging in the fashion industry for 2017. It is a well thought out design that brings some integrity yet distinction back on some of the catwalks and runways of our global fashion giants. I want to compare it to a no-name brand emerging that brings back morals once again to our clothing style. There will be companies that will come up with some unexpected trends in 2017, and they will have integrity blending with fashion in mind. In years to come, this will prove to be a game changer in how clothes are made, by whom, and for what purpose. Indeed, there are some new styles about to hit the markets in 2017. A revolution against moral pollution is about to begin.
Unknown global powers will emerge.
There will be some completely unknown social, political, and economical giants (including new technology) that will rise to sudden power in 2017. For most, these are as-yet unknown people, names, groups, or companies. God is setting up certain situations where some people/groups will go from no news to world news virtually overnight. It is as if territorial lines within the earth are being redrawn during this time. This includes major shifts in political powers world
–wide. Some governmental territories within the earth are going to receive a totally new direction, and in an unpolitical fashion. Some of the people and organizational systems that are about to fill these spots will be the least likely picks man could ever imagine, but it will be accomplished by the hand of God and at His command. In other words, it won’t be planned by man; rather, it will be quickly destined by God. The Lord has held some of these people, kingdoms, and powers back for this divine moment, like pulling the blankets off of something valuable, well worked, yet hidden for so long.
The American church will take its place within the earth once again.
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Through the last decade it is as if the church, in some cases, has lost its real focus. In many ways, our American churches are no longer for the hurting and broken; rather, they are for the fixed and functional. Statistically, fewer and fewer handicapped people show up at church; the sick oftentimes are uninvited; and lonely, elderly shut-ins remain so, not to mention criminals and those lost in deep, dark sins. I see a new church emerging in 2017, and this church is shifting the focus of how we all live for Jesus in a fallen world. It is time that American churches embrace the global kingdom, and that time is manifesting in 2017. We are a united force sent out to bring kingdom change on the earth; God will have it no other way. It’s like the dad pulling the car over to deal with rowdy kids—this time God is dealing with His kids concerning the kingdom and how it should function globally. What has been blocked concerning the American church and global relationships will be opened up wide in 2017. The fields are fiery white for the harvest.
Kingdoms Will Fall
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Politics, Politics, and Politics
Some of those whom we least expect will step down from politics in 2017—some by force and some willing to move on. Financial corruption within political forces in the US will be exposed during this season. Decisions and discussions that were held in dark secret will be uncovered. If you thought this past election was intense, wait until you experience politics in this coming year. Brace yourself. For politics within the US, it is going to be one extremely intense and distinct year.
There is an old influence fading off in Hollywood this coming year. It is the timing of the Lord and a preparation for a new generation for television leaders. For some, that which has been hidden under the rug within Hollywood will be made known. Some of the alliances that monitor the Hollywood and entertainment territories will come to an end this year while new venues and outlets will emerge. God is strategically infusing Hollywood with kingdom-minded, media-motivated believers.
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:28-29 NIV).
The upcoming 2017 year will be the year of kingdoms. Kingdoms will rise and fall. It has been long awaited for some. In many other ways, it will be one surprise after the next throughout this coming year. As believers we must be prepared and be ready to go into 2017 embracing the victories and challenges that we will face.
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