I think this is a much needed word for the Body of Christ. There is so much warfare going on in the spirit right now and we really need a fresh perspective on this.
Nathan Johnston of Australia writes this about about a recent revelation the Lord gave him:
Now that's a wow word! Please read this slowly and carefully and receive fresh insight in what God is telling us right now! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Recently I was in worship when the Lord took me into a vision of an army of people. They were engaging in a bloody battle which they were quickly losing. I noticed that they were using the same weapons and armor as their opponents, and it seemed as though they were not equipped for the fight. Then I heard the Lord say, "Don't get distracted by the ground warfare!"
This army was the Body of Christ trying to fight in battles God never told them to fight. I couldn't get away from the fact that they were using the same weapons the enemy was using!
Fighting Fire with Fire
"There has been so much taunting and fear that has tried to keep you back, but this is your hour of victory in Jesus name!"
Have we subtly started fighting fire with fire? This happens when we are REACTING to an attack like we have something to prove or are afraid of losing ground. One example of this is how the political and religious spirits try to recruit Christians to engage in opinion battles and debates that only add to the fires of confusion.
There will always be opportunity to be distracted by the chatter and clanger of diversions. When we ENGAGE with these diversions of fear, worry, gossip, offense, and hurts we begin fighting a fight we aren't designed for. Many have been feeling tired and overwhelmed simply by engaging in battles they never had grace for. DISENGAGE! DETACH! DROP IT!
The battle I was seeing was a warfare tactic, a diversion to get the Body's eyes off the real battle they were actually anointed and equipped for. "So what's the real battle?" I asked the Lord, to which I heard Him say, "The mountain is calling!"
Ascend the Holy Hill!
The Lord then took me to the top of a mountain looking down over the earth. All the while I was declaring, praying, and deep in intercession. I could sense that I was witnessing the right battle. In Psalm 24 it speaks of warfare that is waged by ascending the "holy hill." It is a vantage point that unleashes the King of glory into the earth; something that ground warfare simply will not accomplish. So many have been caught up in ground warfare, but God is saying that if you want to OVERCOME, you will need to ascend! Jesus often went up the mountain to pray and not only did He hear instruction from the Father, but it refreshed Him.
"After He had dismissed them, He went up on a mountainside by Himself to pray. Later that night, He was there alone..." (Matthew 14:23)
We can't fight how we did in the past season, running ourselves into the ground all in the name of Kingdom occupation. We are called to scale the heights where we can see the right perspective of what lay before us. We can't keep being so focused on the fight that we lose sight of the horizon and the rich and glorious destiny we are pressing on toward!
Thunder from the Mountain
As I continued to pray and intercede from this mountain, suddenly I heard loud thunder cracking and releasing such a sound that it felt like it was clearing the atmosphere and bringing the earth into divine order.
"So it came about on the third day, when it was morning, that there were thunder and lightning flashes and a thick cloud upon the mountain and a very loud trumpet sound, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled." (Exodus 19:16)
"After it, a voice roars; He thunders with His majestic voice, and He does not restrain the lightnings when His voice is heard. God thunders with His voice wondrously, doing great things which we cannot comprehend." (Job 37:4-5) (Photo via Unsplash)
The thunder in this context represents the authority and power of God that causes the earth to shake and the enemy's camp to tremble. This is exactly what happens when we as His Body rise up and pray from our given authority. The enemy's camp trembles because they know we are not going to wear ourselves down by engaging in the fight from the trenches anymore. When we ascend we are hidden in Him, and that's when the battle truly belongs to the Lord.
I believe we are going to see swift justice and breakthrough in this season simply through ascending the hill and partnering with Heaven to see everything that has been out of order and in chaos suddenly come into order. So many homes, churches and ministries have been facing chaos because we keep forgetting that we have to take HIGHER GROUND—that's when the thunder of God is unleashed!
"Many have been feeling tired and overwhelmed simply by engaging in battles they never had grace for."
I see the thunder of God being released in this season from those who dare to use their voices to partner with God to see cities and regions restored. Injustices that have tarried for many decades will SUDDENLY break, in Jesus name, as the thunder of God clears the air, dethroning principalities and restoring justice.
Turning of the Tide
The last part of the vision is so key for the season we are in. As I stood up on the high place of that mountain and prayed over the earth, I saw the sun move in reverse until it disappeared for a moment, then a sunrise began again. This spoke to me of a few things: Firstly, of the NEW DAY we are in, where God is making a clear distinction that we have crossed over out of the midnight season of weary warfare and into a higher way of Kingdom living.
Secondly, we are in a season of the TURNING BACK OF TIME, where we will see restoration of time where time was lost. This will be a time where those who have felt stunted, stuck and delayed will suddenly be propelled and make up for lost time. This is not just a turning back of time, but a turning of the tide. Where we have faced constant pressure and resistance, we as the people of God are arising with the mighty wave of God's Spirit flooding the earth!
Sun Stand Still
Thirdly, I felt it was a sign of victory. In Joshua 10, Joshua commanded the sun to stand still, and it did, which allowed the Israelites to defeat every one of their enemies that had stood in their way. Right now every enemy and opposition that has been blocking your path is being removed. God is causing the sun to stand still on your behalf, where you have felt tired from living in your own strength for so long.
Maybe you've wanted to give up because no matter how hard you try, you still seem to feel powerless to these taunts and attacks; living under the circumstances and not above them. But I prophesy that this is where the sun stands still on your behalf! This is where you witness Almighty God fight for you! There has been so much taunting and fear that has tried to keep you back, but this is your hour of victory in Jesus name! (Photo via Unsplash)
This is a season that if you are intentional to GO UP the mountain and keep your gaze on Jesus, you will receive new perspective and vision. You will birth the assignment God has been waiting to give you. The mountain is going to EQUIP you, EMPOWER you and ENERGIZE you to walk out the purposes of God in this season as well as SOAR above the noise that kept taking you out in the last season. Then you'll come down the mountain and RELEASE the mighty, new, thunderous sound into the earth! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Nate and Christy Johnston
Nate Johnston is a revivalist and worshiper who has a heart to see sons and daughters unleashed into passionate friendship with God and an effective supernatural lifestyle. Through his ministry "Everyday Revivalists," he teaches on intimacy and hearing God's voice which was birthed from a hunger for authentic, real, and powerful relationship with Jesus. Christy Johnston was born and raised in Australia. After living the majority of her life plagued with insecurity and fear, she came to learn the power of her identity in Christ. She now lives with the mandate to breathe fresh hope and life into Gods sons and daughters through her passion of writing, uncovering the truths of living in Grace and freedom through our identity in Christ. Nate and Christy have two daughters, Charlotte and Sophie, and currently live on the Gold Coast in Australia.
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