"Properly Discerning the Times! It is a Significant Time of Suddenlies!" James W. Goll, Franklin, TN

“Of the sons of Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do.” 1 Chronicles 12:32

Things are currently moving at a fast speed! Realignment is occurring in people’s lives much like chiropractic adjustments. Tender, comforting moments of being massaged and then a sudden, “Crack! Pop!” People are either experiencing things getting put back into place in their lives, or an infusion of fresh energy and motivation to actually move into something new. Strategic assignments are being given.

Cindy Jacobs, as the leader of the Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders (of which I am a founding member), recently released a detailed word calling this the Year of the Breakthrough. I couldn’t agree more! I, too, have been proclaiming that this is a Year of the Breakthrough.

In fact, the Holy Spirit is selecting Ambassadors of Hope. They will carry the Micah 2:13 breaker anointing and are being commissioned with the power of declaration to shift spiritual climates and atmospheres over entire regions. It is time for Hope Solutions to come forth in answer to the years of global intercession. The heavenly bowls are being filled with the prayers of the saints and with angelic assistance they are being tipped over into the earth realm again! “What goes up must come down!” I can see it and even feel it as I compose this right now! Years of prayers will suddenly be answered!

Personal Prophetic Encounter

Personally I have experienced a surge of authority come upon my own life with a fresh desire to prophesy. I have been moving in a prophetic gift for 45 years, and could be considered a father or even a grandfather in the global prayer and prophetic movements. But at this point in time I am being renewed in my own spirit to speak life into movements, structures, networks, culture, governments, etc.

In a recent God Encounters Ministries staff prayer time, I was overwhelmed with the Holy Spirit’s anointing and found myself declaring, “The Lion is Roaring! Listen to the sound of the Lion Roaring into the earth. The earth is shaking. The foundations of the deep are being broken open and underground streams will suddenly appear as fresh fountains spewing forth the waters of life upon dry ground. New Reformers are being called and sent forth at this 500 year demarcation of the beginning of the Great Reformation, and they are being anointed to change the equilibrium of the Church and the very shape of nations.” (Photo via James Goll)

This prophetic prayer experience has so consumed me that even now I begin to weep when I start talking about it. For now I simply want to declare, “Let the Lion Roar.”

The Need for the Gift of Discerning of Spirits

I am more expectant concerning sudden change right now than at any time in my entire life. But with these seismic shifts and changes, comes the need for a higher level of discernment. In the coming days, the gift of discerning of spirits is going to be one of the most valued and needed gifts.

The gift of discerning of spirits (“distinguishing of spirits” in some translations; see 1 Corinthians 12:10 NASB, NIV) operates a bit like a spiritual Geiger counter in detecting a source that is not apparent to the natural senses, but nevertheless is present and is exerting some form of influence. The gift provides perception into the spirit world—which includes the Holy Spirit, both good and evil angelic spirits, and individual human spirits. It gives supernatural insight into the realm of spirits.

It can sometimes be hard to tell where supernatural activity originates, because not all of it comes from the Holy Spirit. Only someone who can penetrate more deeply with spiritual eyes can tell the difference between supernatural activity from the Holy Spirit and from elsewhere.

The gift of discerning of spirits is the God-given ability or enablement to recognize the identity (and very often the personality and condition) of the spirits, which are behind different manifestations or activities. The dividing line between a human and divine operation may be obscure to some Believers, but one with the faculty of spiritual discernment sees a clear separation.

Individuals who are gifted with this supernatural gift of perception can perceive “the motivating spirit behind certain words or deeds.” To discern means to distinguish, to differentiate, or to perceive, and people exercise the gift of discernment in different ways.

Having said all of that, let me clearly state once again, the gift of discerning of spirits is going to be one of the most valued and needed gifts in the coming days as sudden changes occur. (See my book Releasing Spiritual Gifts Today for more on this subject.)

The Time of Suddenlies!

In Malachi 3:1 it states, “Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,’ says the LORD of hosts.”

The Spirit of Elijah is among us clearing and preparing the way of the Lord, removing obstacles and hindrances out of the way. But He (the Lord Himself) is “coming to us before He comes for us.” The Lion is roaring! An unprecedented outpouring is upon us. The time of a great harvest is here. Mature tried and tested Believers are being given fresh assignments and commissions. (Photo via Wikimedia)

We are on the verge of a Church quake! The equilibrium of the Church and thus how the world perceives us will shift swiftly. As His manifested presence increases, healing and miracles will occur in the midst of our corporate times of extravagant worship.

In January, when ministering at the annual HIM Prophetic Conference on the West Coast, the Holy Spirit spoke clearly to me in a dream. I heard, “We have had Purpose Drive Lives. We now have Presence Motivated People, but what we need is Values Anchored Believers!” I had never heard this phrase before and I have been chewing on this ever since.

It is a significant “Time of the Suddenlies!” Suddenly, He will visit His people. Suddenly the Stock Market will rise to unprecedented highs. Suddenly blueprints and strategies will be released. Suddenly, scientific breakthroughs will occur and new approaches to the healing of cancer and the HIV virus will be discovered. Suddenly reconciliations will occur between family members.

We must Properly Discern the Times and the Seasons. We must learn when to sit, when to take a stand, and when to run. In these turbulent times, He will guide His children and we will know what to do and with whom to do it! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List go here.)

Discerning the Times!

Dr. James W. Goll
Founder of Encounters Network • God Encounters Training e–School • Prayer Storm

Email: info@encountersnetwork.com
Website: www.encountersnetwork.com / www.prayerstorm.com

Dr. James W. Goll is the President of Encounters Network, the International Director of Prayer Storm, and the Founder of God Encounters Training – an eSchool of the Heart. With great joy James has shared Jesus in more than 50 nations, teaching and imparting the power of intercession, prophetic ministry, and life in the Spirit. James is the prolific author of numerous books, including The Seer, The Lost Art of Intercession, The Coming Israel Awakening, Deliverance from Darkness, A Radical Faith, and many others. He has also produced multiple study guides and hundreds of audio and video messages(click here for more).

James and Michal Ann were married for 32 years before her graduation to Heaven in the fall of 2008. James has four adult children who are married and all love Jesus: Justin, GraceAnn, Tyler, and Rachel, and multiple grandchildren. James continues to make his home in Franklin, Tennessee.

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James Goll’s Itinerary:

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February 21, 2017 (4pm EST, 3pm CST, 1pm PST)
Discerning the Times and Seasons: What is God Saying to the Prophets?
Webinar
(for more information click here)

February 22, 2017 (9 pm EST, 8 pm CST, 6 pm PST)
Launching Men on the Frontlines Raising the Bar
Free Webinar with James Goll, Robert Hotchkin
(for more information click here)

February 23, 2017 (4 pm EST, 3pm CST, 1pm PST)
Discerning the Times and Seasons: What is God Saying to the Prophets?
Webinar
(for more information click here)

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