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THE 14TH WEEK OF THE YEAR (APRIL 1 – 7)

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The Lord grants us revelations as watchmen to prepare us to run ahead of happenings. Noah ran ahead of the flood (Genesis 6). Joseph helped Egypt run ahead of the famine (Genesis 41). Elisha and Israel were ahead of the Syrian king and his army (2 Kings 6). The Shunemite woman ran ahead of the famine (2 Kings 8). Agabus and the Church at Antioch ran ahead of famine (Acts 11). Jesus said we can be ahead of the thief through revelation (Matthew 24:43). Let’s run ahead this 14th sweek.

The 14th week is the week opening the fourth month and the second quarter of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. It is also the week ending the second 7 weeks of the year.

What is the spiritual significance of journeying through the 14th week of the year? The 14th book and chapters of the Bible reveal 5 major things about the 14th season (of day, week, year, seven years, century, or leadership):

A. It is a season to be strong in faith and not allow any situation intimidate you.

It is a season to magnify God and trust Him absolutely. God honors those who trust Him in this season but lightly esteems those who have alternatives. In John 14:1, Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me”. In John 14:27, He said, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid”. The Lord knows that things that trouble the heart may happen in the 14th season. In Genesis 14, Abraham was not afraid to face four kings that defeated five kings with 318 servants raised in his house. In Exodus 14: 13-14, Moses told Israel to not be afraid of Pharaoh and his company. Israel was judged in Numbers 14 for fearing the Canaanites in the Promised Land. In Joshua 14, Caleb said, “Give me this mountain”. In Judges 14, Samson went after a Lion that roared at him. In First Samuel 14, Jonathan said, “It is nothing with Lord to save whether by many or by few. In Second Chronicles 14, Asa and Judah defeated the large army of Ethiopians by trusting in God. This is a week of exploits through faith. As we step into, and go through, the 14th week of the year, we should garrison our hearts with those words of Jesus in John 14. Psalm 93 (one of the 14th seven Psalms) says, “The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, than the mighty waves of the sea” (verse 4).

PRAYER: Pray that the fire of revival will be kindled in nations this week. Pray and war against the spirit of fear and despondency attacking the hearts of God’s people. Release the Caleb-Joshua kind of faith in Numbers 14: 6-9 over believers in the nations.

  1. B. It is a season to pursue God’s pleasure unreservedly.

The 14th week is a seventh day of creation week and the narrative of the seventh day of creation is applicable. It is an end-time week in the second 7 weeks of the year. It is a week of judgment for vindication of condemnation. It is a Holy Week because God sanctified the seventh day. It is a blessed week of rest. The devil drives people to desecrate this season thereby making it a season of curses and unrest or distress. This is a season of pursuing the pleasure of God with passion. The 14th season, like the seventh, is the Lord’s season. In this season, those who pursue God’s pleasure are blessed and rewarded with peace; those who despise God in this season suffer distress. God is Judge in this season. In the first six chapters of Second Chronicles, Solomon sought the pleasure of God by asking for wisdom to lead Israel and built the temple – the House of prayer. He was blessed for it. Absolute dependence on God is the key to success in the 14th season. God honors those who seek Him in this season with His presence. He was with Asa, Jehoshaphat, Joash, Hezekiah and Josiah in the 14th book of the Bible.

PRAYER: Pray that this is a week of pursuing alignment with God and seeking His pleasure in all things – among God’s people in the nations.

C. It is a season when the strong and mighty throw their weight unjustly on the weak, feeble and vulnerable.

God’s word reveals, not only what God wants to do but also what the enemy plans to do. Some 14th chapters of the Bible reveal the plan of the enemy for the season. In Genesis 14, enemies invaded and attacked Sodom and her allies (in a fourteenth year) and took many captives – including Lot and his family. In Exodus 14, Pharaoh pursued Israel to the Red Sea hoping to arrest them there.  A messenger of destruction passed through Egypt to kill all firstborn on the 14th day of the first month of the first Hebrew year. In Judges 14, a lion roared against Samson but he went after the lion and tore it like a young goat. In First Samuel 14, the Philistines went up for battle against Israel. In Second Samuel 14, Absalom set Joab’s field on fire to get attention. Sennacherib invaded Judah in the 14th year of Hezekiah. That was also the year Isaiah told Hezekiah to prepare to die. Babylon invaded Judah in the 14th book of the Bible. The last chapter of the book is about the destruction of Jerusalem and the captivity of Judah. Job 14 is about the hopelessness that surrounds death. Matthew 14 opens with the gruesome murder of John the Baptist. Mark 14 is about the plot to kill Jesus, His betrayal and arrest. The 14th century was a century of disasters including the Bubonic plague (Black Death). The 14th President of the United States, Franklin Pierce, lost his only surviving 11-year old son to train accident weeks before his inauguration. He also lost VP James Sherman in office. The KKK terrorised African Americans, especially, in the 14th seven years of the United States. The First World War broke out in 1914. The year 2014 was a year disasters around the world: Russia annexation of Crimea, suicide bombings and abduction of 276 school girls in Nigeria by Boko Haram, the Malaysian airplane 370 that disappeared mid air, the sinking of South Korea’s MV Sewol in April 2014 that killed 304 of the 476 on board ,etc.

PRAYER: Pray against the spirit destruction and death that hovers over nations in the 14th season. Pray against terrorist attacks in nations in this 14th week. Pray against unjust military invasions in this 14th week. The 14th season is the evil one’s season of invasions. Pray the enemy will not succeed in invading homes, communities, ministries, cities and nations this week.

D. It is a season of uncommon divine intervention and deliverance for those who fear God and hope in Him.

Abraham intervened and rescued Lot in Genesis 14. God saved Israel on the night of Passover (the 14th day of the first Hebrew month). The destroyer did not visit homes marked with the blood of the Lamb. God made a way for Israel across the Red Sea in Exodus 14. God delivered Israel from the hand of the Philistines in First Samuel 14. God delivered Asa and Judah from the Ethiopians in Second Chronicles 14. God intervened with revivals in Judah in the 14th book of the Bible (Asa, Jehoshaphat, Hezekiah, and Josiah). God answered Hezekiah’s prayer and delivered him from death in the 14th year of his reign. The 14th book of the Bible ends with the Proclamation of Cyrus to end captivity for Jews and rebuild Jerusalem. Jesus fed the multitudes, healed many sick folks, walked on water, rescued Peter from drowning in Matthew 14 Jesus celebrated and instituted the Passover in Mark 14. Paul healed a crippled man at Lystra in Acts 14.

PRAYER: Declare this 14th week a week of divine intervention, Passover and deliverance. Give thanks to God for His moves in the week – for the hungry He will feed, the sick He will heal, the oppressed and distressed He will deliver and the unsaved He will save. Pray for people who are at risk in the different nations. Pray, this week, that God will deliver His people from the hand of the Strong Oppressor. Pray that God will make a way for people (refugees) who are fleeing war zones in this season.

E. It is a season of vengeance and judgment against the proud and arrogant who trust in their own strength.

The 14th seven psalms are psalms of vengeance and judgment. God judged Egypt on the Passover night (the 14th day of the first Hebrew month) to deliver Israel. God judged Pharaoh and his company at the Red Sea in Exodus 14. God judged the rebels among Israel who despised the Promised Land in Numbers 14. A generation of fighting men was condemned to death. Only Caleb and Joshua were saved. Samson began to war against Philistines in Judges 14. God judged the house of Jeroboam in First Kings 14,  the Philistines in First Chronicles 14, the Ethiopians in Second Chronicles 14, Sennacherib in the 14th year of Hezekiah, Lucifer  Jeremiah 14 is a prophecy of judgment against Judah. Revelation 14 is the judgmental harvest of the earth.

PRAYER: This week, pray and release judgment against the wicked who will not repent from their evil works and ways. Pray in the spirit, declare war and invade the camp of the wicked in this 14th week. Decree the downfall and overthrow of the wicked in this 14th week. This is a week of war! Pray mercy over nations where the wicked are in authority; so that the righteous will not partake in the judgment of the wicked.

BIBLE READING SUGGESTIONS FOR THE 14TH WEEK:

Going through the 14th week (Days 92-98) of the year is like taking a prophetic journey through the 14th seven psalms (92-98) and the 14th book of the Bible (2 Chronicles). So, Psalms 92-98 and Second Chronicles 1-36 are great guiding lights for the week. This is a week of intervention. Remember that intervention is never necessary unless and until trouble comes. So, “…Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

You may want to read the suggested passages as follows:

April 1: Psalm 92 & 2 Chronicle’s 1-6

April 2: Psalm 93 & 2 Chronicles 7-11

April 3: Psalm 94 & 2 Chronicles 12-16

April 4: Psalm 95 & 2 Chronicles 17-21

April 5: Psalm 96 & 2 Chronicles 22-26

April 6: Psalm 97 & 2 Chronicles 27-31

April 7: Psalm 98 & 2 Chronicles 32-36

SCRIPTURE FOR THE WEEK

Exodus 14:13-14:“…Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. [14] The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace”.

Happy 14th week!

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