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As I sat at church on Sunday, February 2, 2020, I heard my pastor mention that this particular date was 02-02---20-20. The uniqueness of this 8-digit calendar date is that it happens to read the same forwards and backwards. Rarely do 8-digit calendar dates (mo-dy-year) read the same forwards and backwards. The last occurrence of this happened nineteen years ago on October 2, 2001 (10-02-2001) and before then it happened 640 years ago on August 31, 1380 (08-31-1380). Immediately I heard in my spirit the phrase, "MIRROR IMAGE".
I then stood and released a word which I sensed came from the Spirit of the Lord as I declared:
"That which you have endured in last season is but a ‘mirror-image’ of that which you will rejoice in for this new season. For I have reversed those things which you travailed through in last season to bring you into the blessings in which you will be prevailing throughout this new season. That which reveals negative images from last season will now reflect positive outcome in the new season."
Just like Joseph, the dreamer (Gen.37:23+) who got sold into slavery by his brothers, as well as Jesus, who was betrayed, convicted, and crucified, although He was totally innocent---were both able to see the blessing of seeing the 'mirror image' of their extremely negative experience and contrast it with the positive image of their victorious outcome---WE ALSO CAN REFLECT ON THE NEGATIVE ISSUES WHICH HAVE SURROUNDED US AND JOYFULLY CONTRAST THEM WITH THE POSITIVE OUTCOMES OF THIS NEW SEASON OF OUR LIVES.
Hebrews 12:2 describes Jesus' anticipated joy this way: "Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame..." Jesus was able to anticipate with joy the positive outcome of Him having to endure such a cruel, torturous death, knowing that it would reap the benefit of salvation being made available to all humanity who would call upon Him for forgiveness and eternal salvation.
Those issues which many of us have endured in this last season will reflect a mirror image of the positive outcomes we will be enjoying in this new season with the Lord. Therefore, whatever the negative injustices have been, it is time to forgive, release, bless, go forward, and do not look back. In doing so, you will be able to fully enjoy the light and glory of this brand new era in the greatness of our God.
As we step into His Presence, His anointing begins to fill every crack and every crevice.
Every nuance of our lives is made whole as we step into His Presence. -RD
"Let us come into His presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise!"
(Psalm 95:2 ESV)