Not long ago, I had a dream that I believe the Lord is permitting me to share with the Body of Christ. The dream initially began with me being in a public place that looked like it would be in a large city (but I do not recall any city specifically). People were gathered in a large crowd that appeared to be like a mob of protesters.
I was in the middle of the crowd, and initially my view began to pan around the crowd, overlooking the people holding up their signs. At this point in the dream, I could tell that they had signs, but I was unable to see what was written on the signs. I noticed that the people weren't yelling in protest as if they were angry. They came across in a different manner; they were cheering loudly in more of a unified chant or yell. I was trying to understand what they were saying, and it sounded like the crowd was saying, "UNITE, UNITE, UNITE! WE ALL MUST UNITE!"
This went on for a little bit, and then I suddenly began to recognize faces in the crowd. I began to see people that I personally knew. They were holding the signs and cheering with a declaration. Then the dream shifted and brought a distinct clarity when the signs turned toward me, and I saw "IGNITE, IGNITE, IGNITE" written on them. I immediately heard the cheer, "IGNITE, IGNITE, IGNITE! WE ALL MUST IGNITE!" Soon afterward, I woke up.
UNITE or IGNITE?
There are a few things that stand out to me within the dream.
1. The people I recognized were people that I know who are born-gain, which caused me to believe that the crowd was actually the Body of Christ.
2. What appeared to be a protest in the beginning was, in reality, a rally of individuals calling for something specific.
3. I originally thought the cheer was "UNITE," which is what we often hear from the Body of Christ...but the dream brought forth with clarity that it was "IGNITE."
UNITE (Merriam-Webster Dictionary):
• to put together to form a single unit
• to cause to adhere
• to link by a legal or moral bond
• to possess (different things, such as qualities) in combination
• to become one or as if one
• to become combined by or as if by adhesion or mixture
• to act in concert (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)
IGNITE (Merriam-Webster Dictionary):
• to set afire; also: KINDLE
• to cause (a fuel) to burn
• to subject to fire or intense heat, especially to render luminous by heat
• to heat up: EXCITE
• to set in motion: SPARK
• to catch fire
• to begin to glow
I am for the Body of Christ to unite. I do not want to come across as if I am against the idea or the call to unite. What I am proposing is whether there could be a reality that we are wrong (in this current season) to be crying out "only" for unity. The fact is, not everyone who professes to be in the Body of Christ will actually unite. We have fought for generations within the Body of Christ to unite and come together for a greater purpose. Yet, in generation after generation it appears that the ability to unite within the Body has been next to impossible. Denominations, eschatology, independent churches/organizations, and more, make this very evident!
What if it is bigger than the individual call to unite? What if we are trying to unite, but without ever truly and sincerely yearning to ignite with the fire of the Holy Spirit? What if there is a call for the Body to IGNITE (in this season) that we have failed to adhere too?
What Does This Mean for Us?
In my research of Scripture concerning anything that would give me an understanding of the word "ignite," I came to Matthew 3:11-12 (KJV): "I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but He that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: whose fan is in His hand, and He will throughly purge His floor, and gather His wheat into the garner; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."
Did you catch it? Let me share a different translation with you for your consideration. Matthew 3:11-12 (MSG): "I'm baptizing you here in the river, turning your old life in for a Kingdom life. The real action comes next: The main character in this drama—compared to Him I'm a mere stagehand—will ignite the Kingdom life within you, a fire within you, the Holy Spirit within you, changing you from the inside out. He's going to clean house—make a clean sweep of your lives. He'll place everything true in its proper place before God; everything false He'll put out with the trash to be burned."
This passage from The Message translation helps me see a couple of things that stand out:
1. Ignite the Kingdom life within you.
2. He's going to clean house.
3. Everything false He'll put out with the trash.
That is very real and plain talk! Honestly, it speaks to me because I sincerely believe that we are in the early stages of a purging within the Body of Christ. (Photo via Pexels)
This current dream has brought to my remembrance something that the Lord spoke to me early in December 2017. I recognize more and more that the reality of this is occurring in this moment. When I submitted this dream to be tested and judged, one person came back and pointed out how it also connected to Matthew 25:1-13. The virgins in this passage were united in being asleep, but when it came time to be ignited, only half were ready.
Let me be clear...I am in no way criticizing anyone for calling forth the Body of Christ to unite. That is not my purpose, nor the goal of sharing this dream. What I am emphasizing is that I do believe that the dream is calling for the Body of Christ to rally and prepare to ignite.
The days ahead will continue to reveal those who give the Lord lip service and those whose hearts sincerely belong to the Lord. Yes, I strongly believe that currently there is a purging, a spiritual cleansing and judgment within the Body of Christ (1 Peter 4:17, "For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the Gospel of God?").
Repentance will be the cry in the land as weeping fills our altars again. The fear of the Lord will return to the House of God.
I believe that this dream speaks a reality that everyone will not be willing, yet there will be those who will embrace the fire of God (like a Blacksmith who is willing to put you back into the fire), willing to be those who ignite. They will ignite the Kingdom within (through Jesus). The Lord will clean house, as the false is being revealed and the trash is being taken out. Let us rally...IGNITE, IGNITE, IGNITE!
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Ryan Johnson Ministries
Ryan Johnson is dedicated in helping equip the Body of Christ to awaken the nations with a prophetic call of a rising Ekklesia. He is a son of God, husband and father of four. Ryan has devoted his life to the righteousness of Christ, with the demonstration of the Father's heart in regions, individuals and the Church across the world. Ryan has been serving the Lord since November 30, 1997, which has allowed him to serve as a pastor, an associate pastor and a student pastor. Ryan is the author of Illegitimacy and How to Contend for Your Miracle (Destiny Image Publishers). He has had many articles released through Charisma Magazine, Charisma News, The Elijah List and Spirit Fuel, and has appeared as a guest on Sid Roth's It's Supernatural.
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