A Prophetic Word for the Year 2022
As we have sought the Lord for this year, we have sensed a number of key ‘words’. These include; Maturity, Strength, Significance, Acceleration, Awakening, Intimacy, Shaking, Exposing, Remnant and David’s Tabernacle. After further prayer and meditation, we hope these words speak prophetically into this year. As always, “do not treat prophecies with contempt, but test all things” (1 Thessalonians 5:20-21).
Maturity and Strength
We believe the Lord is calling us to maturity in 2022 – “that we would be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13). A “spiritual growth spurt” has been made available. He can accomplish in a year what would take many seasons – we are in a significant time for “growing up in God”. And He is calling us to “grow-up” and “be strong”. But we must choose to partner with Holy Spirit and stop becoming distracted by fear and worldly things.
We believe the Lord is saying allow January 2022 to set the plumbline for the rest of the year – “pray and do not play in January 2022”. That is why we are starting the year by hosting 12 hours of continuous prayer and worship on 19th January 2022.
We hear Holy Spirit saying; “the divine weaning process” is in motion. For so long, we have been “spiritually dull…like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food…who do not know how to do what is right” (Hebrews 11:11-13). Remaining on milk means we are “like those who belong to this world…controlled by our sinful nature…not strong enough or ready for spiritual truth” (1 Corinthians 3:2-3). The Lord longs to recalibrate our appetites so we choose spiritual things of eternal worth and significance – not fleshy things of temporal value. He wants meat-eaters not milk-drinkers. “Do not become distracted by worldly things”. “Solid food is for those who are mature, who through constant training have the skill to recognise the difference between right and wrong” (Hebrews 11:14). Maturity will come through “constant training” – Holy Spirit is releasing His fruit of self-discipline. Maturity will come as we “grow in knowledge of God’s son” (Ephesians 4:13) and we can choose to seek His face always and intimately dwell in fellowship with Jesus. Maturity will enable us to discern right from wrong. Maturity means we are “strong in the Lord and His Mighty Power”. (Ephesians 6:10) – He wants us strong in 2022. And Maturity will prepare and ready us for coming Glory alongside coming persecution. Praise the Lord that His “divine power has given us everything we need for a Godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own Glory and Goodness” (2 Peter 1:3).
An Acceleration of Awakening and Exposing.
As part of the maturation process, we believe the Lord is calling us to “live as people of light” and to “carefully determine what pleases the Lord” (Ephesians 5:8-10). He reminds us that people of light take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, they expose them!
We see the Light of Christ bringing an accelerated awakening to the Bride of Christ. This light will produce only what is good and right and true. But this light will also make everything visible – with ‘awakening’ always comes ‘exposing’. We believe the Lord is going to expose areas of our lives to facilitate radical alignment to His Word. In particular, in 2022, we believe His Light will expose areas of sexual immorality, love of money, and doubt in His shepherding. There is a call to consecration and purity. “To keep away from anything that might take God’s place in our hearts” (1 John 5:21). Many will come to know the reality that they “have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness”. (Romans 6:18). May we cry out and pray: “Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light” (Ephesians 5:14).
We also believe the Light of Christ will expose those “whose loyalty is divided between God and the world…who are unstable in everything they do”. (James 1:8). We hear the Lord saying “charisma and gifting will no longer compensate for lives continuing to be ruled by the flesh – I will expose! For realignment but also the removal of the sons of Eli”.
Over 2022, we see the Lord ready with his winnowing fork. He will further expose and separate the consecrated spiritual remnant from the worldly majority. The meat-eaters from the milk-drinkers. The true-bride from the carnal bride. The wise virgins from the foolish virgins. The sheep from the goats. Get ready for sifting. “For I will give the command and will shake Israel along with the other nations as grain is shaken in a sieve, yet not one true kernel will be lost”. (Amos 9:9).
We also sensed the Lord saying;
“COVID has not been the shaking, but mere rumblings. Greater shaking is coming this year plus a half-year. But do not perceive this as relating to the pandemic. This shaking is different. This shaking will occur at the highest level and the lowest level – from the Monarchy to the Foundations of the Church of England – and the shaking of these two institutions will be inextricably linked. June 2022 will be a month of significance”.
The Lord also revealed a picture of cracks in the Earth’s crust where two tectonic plates meet – known as ‘fault-lines’. In the physical, ‘fault-lines’ are defined as discontinuity in a volume of foundational rock due to movement and displacement. In the picture, these plates rub against each other and cause shaking and separation at the foundational level. We believe the Lord is saying “these ‘fault-lines’ will be exposed in the Church of England”. These are areas where there has been discontinuation and movement away from the foundational rock – those who “hear these words of mine and does not do them” (Matthew 7:26). Those who do not submit to the authority of scripture. Those who say ““I know God,”, but doesn’t obey God’s commandments” (1 John 2:4). Jesus will show us the meaning of the scripture: “I did not come to bring peace, but a sword” (Matthew 10:34). “I will come to you suddenly and fight against them with the sword of my mouth” (Revelation 2:16). In full view of this exposing, many will say; “this is the end of the church, for a house divided cannot stand and will inherit the wind”. But the Lord would say; “I am not ending, but revealing my true-church”.
The Radical Remnant
We hear the Lord saying; “I know and have seen the secret radical remnant”. There are many who, like Anna the Prophet, have been “worshipping with fasting and prayer night and day” (Luke 2:37). He knows and sees the ones who have consecrated themselves. We sense the Lord is drawing together His remnant as a unified body – another marker of maturity. Our Lord is pleased with them and will honour their persistence – for “The Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you” (Matthew 6:4). He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. And like with Anna, which means ‘grace’, the daughter of Phanuel, which means ‘face of God’, the Lord says; “there is grace to seek My Face in the secret place until I manifest Myself in the public place”.
For those who have struggled to hunger and thirst for righteousness in 2021, for those who remain distracted by worldly worries, still now, Holy Spirit is calling to His church saying; “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call to Him while He is near” (Isaiah 55:6). See how patient and kind and merciful He has been with you. “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship” (Romans 12:1). We believe there are several people who are near retirement and on the cusp of quitting their jobs to dedicate their lives, like Anna, to worship, prayer and fasting. The Lord is giving you permission to “come and dwell” at the House of Prayer. He will provide all your needs.
There is a “Cyrus Decree” (a decree from the Lord’s anointed) for the remnant of ‘Levites’ to return from exile and rebuild the temple. But the Lord would remind us that before the Israelites rebuilt the temple, they first rebuilt the altar of worship and brought morning and evening offerings, despite being surrounded by enemy inhabitants (Ezra 3:3). The Lord is calling His church to “raise up the Tabernacle of David” (Amos 9:11) and rebuild altars of prayer and worship in cities that have been inhabited by the prince of the power of the air. He is calling the ecclesia to bring the rule and reign of Jesus’ domain though extravagant worship offerings.
As part of the rebuilding of David’s Tabernacle, Houses of Prayer will be filled with ‘hungry ones’ who seem to come from nowhere. The nations will be represented at St Cuthbert’s House of Prayer in York – “for as I shall bring to myself “every nation and of all tribes, peoples and tongues” in York as in heaven” (based on Rev 7:9). The Lord will show that He trusts only those who have obeyed the first command given to the priests – to be filled with oil to keep the lamps burning continually – those “in the light of The Light” (Leviticus 24:2). And the Lord would say “My Glory rides into the city only on the shoulders of consecrated priests – the awake and sober”. 2022 is the beginning of the manifestation of ‘the hidden ones’. Houses of Prayer will experience new depths of radical and extravagant worship. New songs will arise from the prophetic minstrels. Zeal for the Lord’s house will consume. Phineas’ will eradicate divided loyalties and Jehu’s will drive like madmen to dethrone the enemy! Miracles and Deliverance Ministry will be commonplace. Prophets will not be held in contempt, but the church will cry out for revelation to shape vision. The harvest will present itself in services. The manifest Glory of the Lord will be seen and known by many. And the Lord would say; “I shall distinguish and separate David’s Tabernacle from the Mosaic Tabernacle. Relationship from ritual”.
Father, we ask that in 2022 we would grow up, be strong and increase in spiritual maturity through intimate fellowship with Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Written by Richard and Sophie Dearden