It may be early (or late to some) to release this word for 2018 but with the leading of the Holy Spirit, I am releasing it anyway. This is what I heard after talking heart-to-heart with the Lord of Heaven’s Armies the other day. I heard Him speak “2018 is the Year of Freedom and the Lord’s Favor!” I know I heard it right and was so thrilled to sit with Him; He then led me to Scripture after Scripture.

“The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed and to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives, and release from darkness for the prisoners” (Isaiah 61:1, ISV). Prisoners of hope, God has seen your tears and heard your prayers. Many are your afflictions but take heart, “the LORD will mercifully deliver you out of them all” (Psalm 34:19). Stay focused, fearless and faithful.

The signification of the number 18 in the Bible comes from its symbolic definition for bondage and captivity. I see many in the body of Christ have been enslaved and ensnared by Satan, the devourer, and have cried out to the Lord for LIBERTY. Many have been suffering from disease, difficulty, depression and distress, and I see some are drowning in debt. All hope seems lost; they are utterly desperate.

The evil one, the deceiver and destroyer imprisons many soldiers. He knows his time is limited and has released his horde of evil spirits to strategically smash and squash many believers. There have been onslaughts, oppositions, fiery battles and fierce beatings going on. There has been destruction after destruction. I see armies of God sorely weep. They are weary, worn-out, struggling for peace and struggling to come back to the Heart of Worship.

Get up on your feet, prisoners! You have been held captives by the enemy for years. Take heart, for the King has declared your divine release. “He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the LORD’s favor has come, and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies” (Isaiah 61:2).

“And this woman, a daughter of Abraham as she is, whom Satan has bound for eighteen long years, should she not have been released from this bond on the Sabbath day?” (Luke 13:16). Sons and daughters of Zion, it is about time to SURGE — your divine deliverance is on its way!

The number 10 signifies testimony, law, responsibility and completion, and 8 designates a new beginning, resurrection and regeneration. Many have been under sore affliction but in 2018, I see many Prisoners of Hope resting in God’s love, reveling in His sunshine and rejoicing in their salvation!