I went into a vision concerning the year ahead. In the vision, I saw a door, but it was not a normal door, but rather small door that led into a underground tunnel. And one could not simply walk through the door; the only way to enter was to get on one’s knees and slowly advance in a crouched position.
At the instant, I heard the words ‘horn’ and ‘night season’. The vision continued as I saw a traveller through a desert- and I perceived that he was thirsty. While the traveller moved, there were rumblings of thunder, an earthquake and fire as he proceeded.
The image of getting on one’s knees represents the position of prayer. The year of 2013 will be a year of prayer. The earthquake and fire is what is spoken in 1 Kings 19:12, where ‘after the earthquake there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper’. The earthquake and fire represent distractions - the noise of this world that will easily drown out God’s voice in your life. These distractions may seem to be legitimate concerns: just as natural phenomenon in those days were perceived as God’s way of delivering messages to Earth, but remember, only in the true position of stillness and quietness before him (Ps 46:10) then will we receive his direction.
And this prayer has to come in the night season- just as God put in my heart during the vision. The year 2012 was also a year of the night season, and the years to come will remain times where the body of Christ must remain vigilant in prayer before our God. Only then will our horn of strength be renewed- just as Psalms 18:2 speaks about Him being our ‘shield and the horn of my salvation’.
The image of getting on one’s knees is also symbolic of humility. If we were to ‘trust in the Lord with all of our hearts, and lean not onto our own understanding’, then he will ‘make our paths straight’
The image of a small door I saw is similar to what is mentioned in Matthew 7:14, where ‘Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.’ The year 2013 will also remain a year of diligence, where we have to purposefully seek God with our whole heart so as to enter before His presence.
The next prophetic insight I picked up was that ‘just as 2012 was the year of the sword’, ‘2013 would be the year of the shield’.
A shield is symbolic of two things.
First, the shield represents the shield of faith (Eph 6:16), where we ‘extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one’. Faith is a lifestyle, which is only born out of a lifestyle of prayer and supplication before God. When we “pray without ceasing” (1 Thes 5: 17), our faith will be strengthened for the year ahead.
Beyond that, I perceived that it represented 1 Kings 14:27, where it speaks of how Rehoboam made bronze shields to replace the gold shields that his father Solomon had made. Rehoboam had misappropriated the pure gold shields his father had made. The year 2013 will be year where one can decide to go up higher, and pursue the “gold shields”- or simply settle for an imitation, which is something less than what God truly destined for you.