by Larry Sparks
This year, the Time Magazine Person of the Year issue was not a single individual.  Rather is was a group of women called The Silence Breakers.  These were the catalytic voices who began to boldly challenge the rampant, hideous sexual harassment taking place behind the scenes in the entertainment and media mountains.

However, the prophetic word is not about dealing with sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior (although this is definitely a positive thing). As I looked at the magazine cover, I sensed the Holy Spirit saying, it’s TIME for theSILENCE BREAKERS to ROAR.  For it’s the ROAR of the daughters of God that catalyze movement in the Kingdom of God. Holy Spirit outpouring is not complete unless both sons and daughters are prophesying, fulfilling their assignments.  Joel prophetically pointed to a day where both the sons and daughters will prophesy (see Joel 2:28, Acts 2:17).  Fulfillment initiated on the Day of Pentecost, but I believe we have not seen the fullness of this fulfillment… or even a measure of fullness.

One of the key reasons is that for a long time… centuries, even… the voice of the daughters was muted.  It’s hard to fathom that women only gained the right to voice in the twentieth century (1920).  The voice of Holy Spirit outpouring will always be muted compared to what it could be when the voice of the daughters is silent.

Compared to what the church could be operating in, we are basically walking in silence. The voice of the Ekklesia (the born again, Spirit-filled community of believers on planet Earth) was not meant to merely be used for the sake of protest and politicizing.  Of course, we validly protest immorality, and appropriately engaged the political systems.  But the church should be seen as far more than a group that’s against everyone and everything.  This is a mischaracterization, sure, but I believe the Lord is calling us to re-write the cultural narrative concerning the church.

The Lord is calling His church back to its original assignment, as outlined by Jesus in Matthew 16.

…upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.”

Jesus’ church in Matthew 16 is not a building, organization or institution; it might operate in some of these contexts, sure, but the church Jesus introduced was a company of people grounded in the revelation of the Son of God, anointed by the Spirit of God, and empowered to advance the Kingdom of God.  It’s illegal for darkness to be gaining ground against the church of Jesus Christ.  If it is, we need to do an “about face” and prayerfully consider how the Spirit might be calling us BACK to the original design introduced by Jesus.

The voice of the Ekklesia was meant to ROAR… it’s purposed and empowered to BIND that which is forbidden in HEAVEN and LOOSE/RELEASE that which makes up the culture of Heaven.  We bind injustice, sickness, torment, and all matters of darkness that are stealing, killing and destroying.  We loose forgiveness, love, justice, healing, deliverance, freedom, and above all, reconciliation with God through the precious blood of Jesus.

When the voice of the Ekklesia ROARS, things should shift.  Why aren’t they?  I’m sure there are many reasons…

One of the highlighted ones, though, is what the Holy Spirit is showing me through the Time Magazine Person of the Year cover.  

Women of God, you are called to break the silence.  You are silence breakers.  The collective voice of both sons and daughters, prophesying together, leading together, warring together, creating wealth together, and advancing the Kingdom together… this is what will release the ROAR of the Ekklesia.  Sons and daughters in cooperation, not competition, declaring the DECREE of the Lord!

Why settle for silence when we can release the ROAR that establishes government in the spirit realm and pushes back the influence of darkness in the planet.


Larry Sparks is passionate about helping all Christ-followers experience the “more” of God—a dynamic relationship with the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. Through his teaching ministry, Charisma Magazine articles, media resources, and books, Larry provides tools that show Christians—individually and collectively—how to position themselves for revival. Larry holds a Master of Divinity from Regent University, serves as publisher for Destiny Image publishing house and is author of Breakthrough Faith: Living a Life Where Anything is Possible.


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