While many are prophesying peace, blessings and prosperity for the New Year, Holy Spirit is saying, "Wail, `Woe to the day!` For the day is near, Even the day of the Lord is near; It will be the day of clouds, the time of the Gentiles." (See Ezek 30)
The time of a world-wide judgement of all heathen enemies of God is upon us and God shall cause nations to rise up against one another. There shall be great war and battles to possess foreign lands of kings. Nations shall rise up in threat of another and fear and trembling shall set in the peoples hearts. But those who wait (pray and are entwined with the will and purpose of God) on the Lord, they shall be strengthened and their souls shall leap for joy in the presence of the Lord. They need not fear, for the Lord shall be with them. He shall protect them and they shall see their Defender go before them and fight on their behalf. They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not grow weary, they shall walk and not faint.
Those who pray and partner with God are “strong in the Lord”.
Proverbs 8:34-35 NKJV Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at the posts of my doors.  For whoever finds me finds life, And obtains favor from the LORD; But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; All those who hate me love death (act as if they do not care about the consequences of their actions)."
So, prepare your hearts, run to the Lord, for His word is with Him and all who heed the word that He has spoken, they shall find comfort in Zion, the seat of God‘s visible residence.
Posted by Mark Labuschagne.