As we have entered into this new year of 2013, I would like to share a word of encouragement with you. Just before the official crossover into 2013, the Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, "The Camels are Coming." Then I was taken to the book of Beginnings, that is Genesis, Chapter 24. Here we find the story of Abraham releasing one of his servants, Eliezer, to go and find a wife for his promised son Isaac.
Genesis 24:1-15 (New King James Version)
Now Abraham was old, well advanced in age; and the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things. So Abraham said to the oldest servant of his house, who ruled over all that he had, "Please, put your hand under my thigh, and I will make you swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and the God of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell; 4 but you shall go to my country and to my family, and take a wife for my son Isaac."
And the servant said to him, "Perhaps the woman will not be willing to follow me to this land. Must I take your son back to the land from which you came?"
But Abraham said to him, "Beware that you do not take my son back there. The Lord God of heaven, who took me from my father's house and from the land of my family, and who spoke to me and swore to me, saying, 'To your descendants[a] I give this land,' He will send His angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there. And if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will be released from this oath; only do not take my son back there." So the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and swore to him concerning this matter.
Then the servant took ten of his master's camels and departed, for all his master's goods were in his hand. And he arose and went to Mesopotamia, to the city of Nahor. And he made his camels kneel down outside the city by a well of water at evening time, the time when women go out to draw water. Then he said, "O Lord God of my master Abraham, please give me success this day, and show kindness to my master Abraham. Behold, here I stand by the well of water, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water. Now let it be that the young woman to whom I say, 'Please let down your pitcher that I may drink,' and she says, 'Drink, and I will also give your camels a drink'-let her be the one You have appointed for Your servant Isaac. And by this I will know that You have shown kindness to my master."
And it happened, before he had finished speaking, that behold, Rebekah, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, came out with her pitcher on her shoulder.
This account is believed to have been shortly after Isaac's mother Sarah had passed away and Isaac was about 40 years of age. Abraham's servant follows his orders and returns with Rebekah. Genesis 24:63 tells us that it was while Isaac was out praying in the field that he lifted up his eyes and saw the camels coming. On the camel, was his bride. My brothers and sisters, I believe 2013 is one of the most strategic, prophetic years of our lifetime. This is a year that we must take our prayers to another level. There is a clarion call for the people of God to activate prayer as never before. Prayer moves the hand of God to act on behalf of His people. If there was ever a time, we need to pray, it is now!
James 5:16 tells us the effectual, fervent prayer of the righteous availeth much. I perceive by way of the Spirit that 2013 is the year of answered prayers. What makes this "prayer of faith" so interesting --it deals with the mere fact that God had granted it, before Eliezer had finished speaking it. The prayer was not even complete, yet the response was already at hand. As in the account of Eliezer, God has already heard our prayers and already knows the answers well in advance.
Even as Abraham's servant set in his heart to find a wife at the well for his master's son, his prayer was answered immediately. 2013 is the year that the things you have been pressing and believing God for years will manifest. I decree and declare that your camels are coming. Your prayers have ascended into the very throne room of God and have activated the hand of God. Camels in biblical times were used to carry the possessions of kings. They were used for personal transportation, as a source for taking loads or burdens and they were used in war. Camels are found throughout Bible History, where they were considered very useful and valuable. The number of camels someone owned was sometimes used as a measurement of personal wealth (Genesis 30:43), and were considered to be a respectful gift (Genesis 32:15). Your prophetic camels are loaded with valuables; you will recover all.
Genesis 24: 62-63
Now Isaac came from the way of Beer Lahai Roi, for he dwelt in the South. And Isaac went out to meditate in the field in the evening; and he lifted his eyes and looked, and there, the camels were coming.
There were several camels, several men. They were all coming back and the Bride was with them; like a caravan; he saw them from afar off. As soon as he saw the camels, he knew it was the answer to his prayer.
2013 is the year your camels will come with precious possessions that you have
been waiting for. It is the beginning of a new generational shift. It is the year
of change. The camels are coming and they are coming with new opportunities, new business ideas, new ministries, new organizations, new relationships, and new assignments. They are coming with your healing, your deliverance, they are coming loaded with your precious possessions. Your caravan of camels and resources are coming. God has heard and answered your prayer!
Grab hold of this prophetic word for your life: The camels are coming.
Thomas Maillis yesbelieve.com