PROPHECY: Two Years In Prison
January 31, 2001

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I sat down to read in the word tonight at around 10 PM. I have noticed, since Sunday, that God is doing things suddenly. Sunday, when I worshipped, His spirit and anointing arose suddenly in me and upon me. I was prophesying 15 seconds into our Sunday worship service. Tonight, as I sat down and asked God what I was to read, there was no seeking. He said: "Genesis 40": suddenly.

The story is familiar: Joseph demonstrates that God is with him and that he has a prophetic gift. He interprets the dreams of the chief butler and the chief baker, but Joseph is in prison for two more years.

Now, Joseph is symbolic, a type of Christ and a type of Christian. Sold into slavery at the age of 17, which is the number of God's wrath....and also the number of supernatural deliverance from that wrath. Joseph is 28 when his prophetic gift is spectacularly displayed, but he remains in the prison, forgotten, for two more years.

The two years are symbolic and a type of the two thousand years that the anointed church of Jesus Christ remained in prison. We had the anointing...we could prophesy, we were gifted, but we had shackles on...we had limits. We could only go so far. Can you sense that today, in this hour, here in the year 2001, there are no more shackles or limits on us? God is available to us instantly and suddenly. Reach out and avail yourself, by faith, of what is newly available to you. We are now going to go from glory to glory: no more limits.

What happened to Joseph at age thirty, after his two anointed years in prison? Sudden and dramatic promotion! Sudden increase in authority! Separation unto advancement! He was separated from the jail and the jailer and given authority over all that belonged to Pharoah (Satan). And so, in the same way, it has happened to many of us...suddenly.

Yes, brothers and sisters, we have had this authority all along, but we had those invisible shackles and chains of the prison house, hanging on to us, holding us in and down. Now, we've been given Pharoaohs ring and told to go throughout the land. In some places, where we do the works that Jesus did, and even greater works than that, they will want to bow the knee to us, but we will exclaim: NO! Only bow your knee to KING JESUS!

So....will the prophetic metaphor hold? Will we have seven fat years, here in the beginning of the third millenium? I believe we will. In what way will they be fat years? In every way, I believe. I believe we will need to store up in these years, just as Joseph stored up in Egypt, for the seven lean years are coming. We've got space to work while it is still light. Work while you can, for the darkness is coming. Step up to the plate...stretch out in faith. Do the works of a prophet and an evangelist, and even an anointed businessman.

Store up, yes store up..not only money and materials, but most importantly, fill your spiritual lamps with oil in these fat years, for night is coming, when no man can work or buy anything, especially oil.

Yes, the church of Jesus Christ has truly been unshackled. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! It is time for the sons of God to be revealed.

Stephen L. Bening
a servant and prophet of our Lord Jesus Christ

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