I'm just inspired and encouraged by the words coming out for this next year and more...and I always look forward to what the prophetic voices from Australia are releasing to the Body of Christ.
Nate Johnston of Australia gives an excellent word for what the Church has to look forward to in this new era.
I would read this slowly and carefully and pray into it, as it's full of revelation from the throne of God for this kairos time upon us. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
There are some words God gives that are for months or even seasons, and others that are for more. There are words you carry with you because you were branded by them, and you know they won't be something that you pour out for just a season but for a lifetime.
While this word is part of a much larger conversation and deeper revelation, I feel this is a word for this hour to the Church, because He is readying His Bride for incredible and crucial days to come. Get ready, Church, God is getting us into shape because our greatest days are truly ahead of us!
A New Era and a Higher Call
The two words that have been burning in my spirit for months now are "FAMILY" and "NATIONS," and God has been downloading the most glorious heavenly blueprints of the Church's "Isaiah 60" era in action. It has caused a new hunger and passion to rise up in me for what He has shown me is coming.
God kept saying to me that this is the time of "family and nations" as if they were the same entity. I think that we, as the Body of Christ, have always put family on one spectrum and the call to nations on the other, but He was saying to me that He was going to stitch them back together where religion had torn them apart.
This is an hour of FAMILY and NATIONS, and God is breathing afresh upon both families and the family of God (the Church), bringing back maturity, healing, and authenticity. He is also igniting the call of the ECCLESIA to the NATIONS! (Photo via Pixabay)
In my heart, this call is one and the same. Imagine if the same presence and glory that we experience around the kitchen table were to release into the nations and affect whole cities? What if at bedtime the conversations to God with our kids became prayers that sparked global movements? What if the nights of worship, laying on our backs in lounge rooms and church floors, became the revival that sends the lost to their knees?
There is a commissioning happening right now, but there is also a deep preparation taking place to ready us for the days ahead. This is what all the warfare and opposition you have faced has been over! This is the commodity that is worth so much, and this is why you, as a child of God, royalty, a royal priesthood, a holy nation and an heir of nations, have been in the battle of your life and the greatest preparation season you have ever known!
God is calling home the lost, the orphans, the exiles and the outcasts, and He has been bringing great reformation to the family of God to accommodate them. The harvest will need a home to belong to! But equally, God has been arming the Ecclesia, readying the troops and calling us higher from a local "metron" mindset to a global one – from discipling communities to preparing to disciple and influence nations.
This is not just the hour of the family unit, it is also the hour of unity in the Church where God is healing divides and causing the family of God to come together. This will unleash a blessing so we will see the nations come to Jesus!
The Ruling Sword and the Rending Sword
A month ago, I was worshiping in my room when I went into a vision and saw myself holding out a sword like you would in battle. Instantly I thought, "Wow, this is the reigning sword for the nations!" and I felt the power and authority in it. This was the ruling sword God was placing in the hands of the Church to bring nations into alignment and see injustices fall.
Then in the vision, I watched as the sword began to turn counter-clockwise towards me until the point was pressed up against my heart. Suddenly it felt like the fire of Heaven was hot on me and God said, "Will this generation be a lover of themselves or will they be a people set apart unto Me? Who will be My Holy ones, My separated ones? Who will defy the culture of today and stand apart? Who will choose My mountain over the mountain of man's achievements? Who will be My holy ones?" (Photo via Pixnio)
Since this night, I truly haven't been the same. The deep cry of the Lord's desire for this generation was revealed as plain as day. God wants to use this generation for great governmental and cultural change, walking in power and miracles, signs and wonders. But first He is looking for a people who will say yes to the RENDING sword of holiness. Those who will choose to make themselves low so He can be made great.
"So rend your hearts and not your garments, and return to the Lord your God..." (Joel 2:13)
Let the cry of this hour be, "God, rend our hearts! Have Your way in us!"
The Greater Glory and the Whole Bride
Recently, I was in church when I had an encounter that was unlike any other I'd ever experienced. I had my eyes closed when I saw, in a vision, the King of Glory walking through the middle aisle of the building. It was the King in all of His majesty and glory. The train of His robe was filling the temple and it was majestic.
For a moment I was just in awe and wonder over what I was seeing. His presence was so thick and weighty. Then my awe and wonder began to turn to this incredible fear of the Lord and reverence that I hadn't experienced before. I could barely breathe. It was more than I could handle.
I remember similar moments back in 2007 and 2008 when I was working for Pastor Benny Hinn; the glory of God was so thick and weighty and the reverential fear of the Lord was so intense in the room, you didn't want to move a finger and all you could do was weep in His presence. This was like that.
As I was kneeling on the floor all I could do was sing, "Holy, holy." And I kept hearing these two passages of Scripture resounding in my spirit:
"In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above Him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: 'Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of His glory.' At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke." (Isaiah 6:1-4)
"And to present her to Himself as a radiant Church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless." (Ephesians 5:27)
I went home that night and I was a mess, and felt the cry of the Father's heart to see a WHOLE Bride, a spotless Bride; a Bride that was not in bondage to this world; a Bride that was deeply and madly in love with the Bridegroom and not the things of this world. (Photo via Flickr)
Since that night, on a daily basis, I have been experiencing the reverential fear of the Lord and hearing the song, "Heart of Worship" where the lyrics say: "I'm coming back to the heart of worship..." I know what I experienced that night was a holy moment, but it was also a declaration over the season that God was coming in might and power and glory to ready us for the days to come where we need to be whole.
Right now God is calling us back to a deeper place of intimacy and the shedding of the war wounds and the contaminants of the past. He is bringing great deliverance to the house of God right now because we can't keep being the broken, battered, down-and-out Bride; we can't keep allowing ourselves to be beaten up by the enemy, having more experience in defeat than in victory. No, this is changing in Jesus' name!
The Shaking and the Rising
"This is what the Lord Almighty says: 'In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake all nations, and what is desired by all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,' says the Lord Almighty. 'The silver is Mine and the gold is Mine,' declares the Lord Almighty. 'The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,' says the Lord Almighty. 'And in this place I will grant peace,' declares the Lord Almighty." (Haggai 2:6-9)
Many have been prophesying, for a while now, that this is a "greater glory season" in the same way that this is a "new wine season." Just as the new wine ruptures the old wineskin, the greater glory not only causes us to arise and shine as God's glorious Church, it reveals the lesser glory we have been building upon.
His greater glory in this season is coming to reveal faulty foundations and give us strong foundations to build upon in the days to come. Just like the verse in Isaiah 6:1-4 says that the "doorposts and thresholds shook," God is shaking, shaking, shaking all that needs to be shaken so that all that remains is what is beneficial for us as His Bride to see His Kingdom done on Earth as it is in Heaven!
It's a tall order if you are comfortable and complacent, but right now God is releasing the invitation and stirring up His Church to abandon the safety of the shore and choose Him at all costs. (Photo via Unsplash)
We have to divorce our love with self and with this world – even with our consumerist Christianity and worship of celebrities. We can't keep making golden calves out of people. God wants to be our only love and focus. He is calling us to leave the burning ship of religion behind for the greater glory – for the KING OF GLORY.
This shaking is causing a TSUNAMI OF GLORY to fill your life as you have allowed God access and fully abandoned to the process. The same goes for the nations; there has been a shaking, but His Glory is flooding the earth in a way we have not seen before. It's a shaking that has caused false or weak structures to fall, a major changing of the guard, and the restoration of the simplicity and power of the Gospel. But the fruit of this shaking is that the nations are beginning to taste of the majesty of Jesus!
The greatest export of this shaking season is the refinement of gold, the purity, the rising of an army of holy lovers, a whole and free Bride, and an Ecclesia with fire in their eyes who are set on their inheritance.
NONE of the shaking has gone to waste; it has only produced in you the fruit you are about to see. This is a new era, and you can either be bedazzled and distracted by the chaos of the shaking or you can fix your eyes on Jesus and celebrate what He is doing in the earth. It's time for the greater glory!
RISE UP HOLY ONES. RISE UP MIGHTY ARMY. RISE UP FAMILY OF GOD. THIS IS YOUR HOUR OF COMMISSIONING! THIS IS YOUR ERA TO ARISE AND SHINE! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Nate JohnstonÂ 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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