Dear GCI Leaders,

Greetings and blessing to you in this new year.  I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and you are encouraged as you enter into this new year.  May your faith be strong and your hearts filled with the Spirit.  May you trust the anointing and serve the purposes of God with confidence.  May you live in the reality that His grace is sufficient at all times and you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.  Let us enter into this year with boldness and expectation!  We look forward to partnering together with you this year for Kingdom work and His increase in your field of labor.  God has exciting things in store.  It is with great delight that I share the following prophetic perspective with you for your prayer, discernment and personal application as God leads.    

PROPHETIC PERSPECTIVE 2017  January 3, 2017  Received by Dallas Elder

Allow me to share some preliminary thoughts. At the beginning of each year I seek the Lord and listen to His voice regarding HIs revelation into the coming year. This is a word that I received on January 3. It is followed by a prophetic word(s) for 2017 which comes from the Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders (Cindy Jacobs) which meet prior to each new year to discern God’s workings in the coming year. They are a very reputable group which respect. I was not aware of their prophesies until today. There was confirmation on many things that I heard from the Lord as well as expanded revelation into many other areas. I encourage you to view the collection of prophesies also giving prophetic perspective for this year. Their word for 2017 was “Breakthrough”, mine is “Increase”. As you will read, the “increase” is mostly spiritual which similarly, is “breakthrough”. I also invite your insights and comments.

“The last two years have been years of restoration and repositioning. This year will be a year of increase. There will be increase on the political front as liberal policies will be challenged and will give way to more conservative ones. There will be increase in the financial sector as economic stimulus stirs up new jobs, more competitive wages and new business opportunities.

There will be an increase in spiritual life in the nation as multiplied prayer rooms have led a charge against oppressive forces that have strangled the saints from voicing their freedom in Christ, as well as, freely and fully proclaiming His hope. The saints will rise up with authority and boldness. The fear of the Lord will wave across the land and the Name of Jesus will receive honor again.

There is a window of time opening for the saints to advance the Kingdom of God and see it increase with breadth and velocity. Strongholds are crumbling and a spirit of freedom is rising. There will be an increase in unity as God’s love increases in the hearts of people. Even unbelievers will recognize that God’s love is taming the pride, prejudice and violence that rages in the heart of unredeemed man. The salt of the saints will increase and influence society for good and goodness toward others.

There is a tide rising in the churches who are calling upon His Name and believing for His outpouring. The tide will bring spiritual strength and renewal in the Church, and overflow into the streets to transform lives and communities. There will be increase in the awareness and recognition that the Presence of the Living God is on the move, His Mighty hand no longer still but active, no longer restrained but released in Holy Power. The weak will cry out and receive strength. The marginalized will receive mercy, hope and purpose. The strength of the saints will be renewed like the eagles. The lame will no longer be listless, but will jump to their feet in joy and praise.

There will be a release of revival among the youth, amidst the young people who have suffered under the oppressive spirits of bullying, inferiority, self-image/identity crises, gender confusion, hopelessness and depression. It has been a calculated and diabolical assault of the Enemy to ruin a generation at a vulnerable time of life. Holy Forces are rising to launch a counter assault to neutralize and abolish these oppressive and destructive attacks of evil. Parents will begin to examine and evaluate their parenting practices, to lay solid moral foundations, to build strength of character, decrease the number of activities and increase focus on fortitude and faith.

There is a “climate change”. There is a rising of spiritual temperature fueled by the fire of revival, stoked and sustained on the altars of prayer. It is rising and will be felt by multitudes, people who allow their hearts to be warmed by the love of God poured out by His Spirit in these days.

“But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you.” Psalm 33:18-22

“May the Lord make you increase, both you and your children. May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 115:14-15

Link to the “Word of the Lord for 2017” -Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders


For His Kingdom,

Dallas Elder

Dallas Elder

Ministry Director

Grace Covenant International