I still remember when the Lord spoke to me in 2019: "I am going to cause the Church to tremble again." I remember the incredible sense of awe and weight of His presence that came with those words. It was the resounding sound of Psalm 24:7-9 that thundered deep within me:
"So wake up, you living gateways! Lift up your heads, you ageless doors of destiny! Welcome the King of Glory, for He is about to come through you. You ask, 'Who is this Glory-King?' The Lord, armed and ready for battle, the Mighty One, invincible in every way! So wake up, you living gateways, and rejoice! Fling wide, you ageless doors of destiny! Here He comes; the King of Glory is ready to come in." (TPT)
The Lord has been speaking to me for years about the King of Glory coming. It is time in this new era to see the King of Glory like we have never seen Him before. It is time to see Jesus revealed in His glory and majesty in unprecedented ways. Over and over the Lord has been speaking to me about the revelation of His majesty that is going to bring the Church to a place of decision before Him. It's a place you are summoned to, in a sense, to decide, "Am I all in or am I not?" When the Lord spoke these words, it reminded me of Jesus' words in Revelation 3:16:
"So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth."
The way that God is going to reveal Himself, the way that we are going to see Jesus in His majesty, is going to bring the Church to a place where you must decide. As Bobby Conner says below:
"God is about to reveal Himself in such a manner that He will demand our full attention."
That puts to language exactly what I feel. What we are going to see in this new era, in the revelation of His majesty, is going to demand all of us our full attention. The Lord is calling us to that deep place of consecration for "tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you" (Joshuah 3:5)
Familiarity With God
For years now, I've said, "The Church is far too familiar with a God we barely know!" But our cry for the manifest presence of God is about to be answered (see Isaiah 64:1). Someone is at the door. Every eye shall behold His brilliance and magnificent glory (see Isaiah 40:3-5) and every veil shall be removed in order to behold the Lamb in His glory (see 2 Corinthians 3:18).
These are days of destiny, filled with wonder and excitement. A powerful word is coming across the entire Body of Christ—and the word is awestruck. The awe of God is returning to the people of God, filling the heart of God's people with great expectation. God is about to reveal Himself in such a manner that He will demand our full attention. Prepare to be overwhelmed, captivated, stunned and enthralled by the awareness of God.
Indeed, much will be discovered in these revelatory days concerning the glory of God and the God of Glory. Now is the time for every child of God to behold the Lord Jesus in His revealed glory (see John 1:14). The Word of God plainly declares that the entire earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of God:
"For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea." (Habakkuk 2:14)
These are the days when the glory of the Lord is going to be revealed. These are the days when the Church is going to encounter the Lord and see Him "high and lifted up." These are the days when the manifest presence of God is going to come in such a mighty way it is going to leave the Church completely reformed.
The more and more I have sought the Lord regarding the restoration of the fear of the Lord in the Church, the more I have had this deep sense that we are in for gloriously wonderful days of seeing His power in signs, wonders and miracles, and greater demonstrations of Habakkuk 1:5:
"Look around [you, Habakkuk, replied the Lord] among the nations and see! And be astonished! Astounded! For I am putting into effect a work in your days [such] that you would not believe it if it were told you." (AMPC) (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)
The fruit of the era of the fear of the Lord being restored to the Church is going to be a people who are burning in wholehearted devotion to Him. Those who adore Jesus and walk in purity and holiness carry the light and love of God and represent Him well in the earth.
What I want to communicate clearly as we move into this chapter is the restoration of the fear of God is coming because of His love, and to align us correctly with Him, His nature, His Word, and His truth so that we can walk in all He has for us and see the name of Jesus lifted high in the earth.
The Lord showed me that the way His majesty and glory is going to be revealed in the Church in this new era is going to cause one of two extremes. It is going to cause the people of God to run to the altar and cry out for the fire of God to fall and prepare and purify, or it will cause others to run in the opposite direction in fear. Is the latter option the Lord's heart? Obviously not, but the call upon the Church is intensifying—to lay it all down, to run after Him wholeheartedly, to embrace Him and all that He is and to be living yielded to Him and His ways. The Lord is not going to tolerate the sin and mixture that is polluting the Church and hindering her from taking her rightful place in the earth.
Sadly, there is going to be a greater demonstration of Matthew 24:12 in the Body of Christ in more ways than we have seen:
"And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold." (ESV)
"There will be such an increase of sin and lawlessness that those whose hearts once burned with passion for God and others will grow cold." (TPT)
The Lord's heart is for His people to live close to Him, to be friends of God, living in the place of continual revelation of His goodness, His kindness, and His love. The place of such deep intimacy with Him and knowing His ways, living in deep reverence and awe of who He is.
There are so many Scriptures that give us wisdom and understanding on the fear of the Lord. Let's look at a few:
"And to man He said, 'Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.'" (Job 28:28)
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding having all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever." (Psalm 111:10)
"The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to turn one away from the snares of death." (Proverbs 14:27)
"In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and His children will have a place of refuge." (Proverbs 14:26)
"Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God." (Proverbs 2:5)
"Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who delights greatly in His commandments." (Psalm 112:1)
"Blessed is every one who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways." (Psalm 128:1)
"The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate." (Proverbs 8:13)
"And Moses said to the people 'Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin.'" (Exodus 20:20)
"Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord." (Psalm 34:11)
"And He will be the stability of your times, a wealth of salvation, wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is his treasure." (Isaiah 33:6 NASB)
"The fear of the Lord leads to life, so that one may sleep satisfied, untouched by evil." (Proverbs 19:23 NASB)
Now these are just some of the Scriptures on the fear of the Lord. Why do I include these here? Because for so long in the Church many hear the words fear of God and can see it as something scary. The fear of the Lord is recognizing who He is and His nature and giving Him the respect, honor, and awe due to Him. (Photo via Unsplash)
So if there is a familiarity and a complacency in the Church toward who God is, then what is the most loving thing the Lord could do? Reveal His awe and wonder, bring a shaking to awaken His people to who He is to break that familiarity and complacency, and see His people then walk in the abundant life that He purchased for them (see John 10:10) and actively moving with Him in the greatest move of the Spirit of God upon the earth. We have to be people who are fully awake to the privilege that it is to know Him and make Him known.
Living in the fear of God is the place of safety, the place of life. It's the place where you live in divine wisdom, in understanding, and you stay away from evil because you are so overtaken, consumed, and full of the revelation of His goodness, His love, His holiness and majesty, that you live your life every day before Him as a gift to offer to Him in worship. To those you love deeply, you want to give them the best gift.
The Unexpected Uncovering
I have had quite a few encounters with the Lord over the last year where He has shown me the uncovering that is coming. There is a mighty uncovering of sin that is going to increase in the Church in this new era. It is going to be one of the ways that the fear of God is restored to the Church. I had this encounter with the Lord recently, and He showed me that there will be unexpected uncoverings. These unexpected uncoverings are going to come in the most unexpected places. There are some places where there is sin, where there is mixture, where there is rebellion in the Church that has been hidden for a long time. This is the era when the Lord is going to uncover those things.
In the midst of this encounter, I heard His thundering voice, and the words I heard were, "In the uncovering the revelation will be released into the Church that I am the God who sees." In that moment, I felt the weight of this era again. I felt the weight of His love to purify. The atmosphere that surrounded me was one of "nothing is hidden from Him." Now, I want to explain this. Hebrews 4:13-15 says:
"And no creature is hidden from His sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin." (ESV)
"There is not one person who can hide their thoughts from God, for nothing that we do remains a secret, and nothing created is concealed, but everything is exposed and defenseless before His eyes, to whom we must render an account. So then, we must cling in faith to all we know to be true. For we have a magnificent King-Priest, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who rose into the heavenly realm for us, and now sympathizes with us in our frailty. He understands humanity, for as a Man, our magnificent King-Priest was tempted in every way just as we are, and conquered sin." (TPT)
So nothing is hidden from Him, nothing we do remains a secret, and we must give an account. But we have our beautiful Jesus who is our High Priest and is able to sympathize with our weaknesses. So we keep faith and comfort in that place that He has in every respect been tempted as we are, yet He was without sin.
In this new era in the restoration of the fear of the Lord, the uncovering is going to be three-fold:
1. There will be a purifying and exposing in hearts of impure motives, areas of sin, and areas that were not recognized by the Believer. The Lord will call forth repentance, and in that place there will be those who will hold to faith that Jesus is our High Priest and understands what we have walked through. They will walk in the fear of God and embrace the fire of His Spirit to purge.
2. There will then be an exposing of sin that has been intentional and the sin of rebellion. The Holy Spirit has been convicting and drawing His people and leaders into the place of repentance and holiness, and there has been a refusal to yield to Him and His ways. In this area, there will be quite severe dealings of the Lord. When this happens, what the Body of Christ must remember is that even when the Lord deals in severity and His tone changes, His love doesn't and that we must remember when we see the dealings of God.
3. There is going to be an exposing of wolves in sheep's clothing. "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves" (Matthew 7:15). Broken trust will come as some find they put their trust in those they thought were walking with the Lord and weren't. The Holy Spirit will heal these hearts who will be affected by the uncovering.
Coupled with the uncovering that will take place will be the healing of the Holy Spirit for those whose hearts are and were affected by the sin, the wolves, and the rebellion that those they were associated with walked in.
Unexpected uncoverings are going to take place in this new era. The hand of the Lord will bring this to purify, uproot, and align His Church to carry the greater glory. The fruit of the dealings of God in these areas is going to restore the fear of God to the Church. It will indeed cause the Church to tremble again at the holiness of God and the severity of sin in the eyes of the Lord. It will bring the Church to the place of repentance and awe and wonder of who He is, His majesty and glory. The burning fire of conviction will fall and increase in and upon many hearts to give all they have to Him so Jesus receives the reward He deserves. (Photo via Pixabay)
A Warning in the Uncovering
I heard the Lord speak a strong warning in the uncovering over the Body of Christ. As this uncovering takes place, this won't be a place to stand on the sidelines throwing rocks. As this uncovering continues, this will be the place where the Body of Christ needs to walk in love and honor.
The Lord showed me that in the uncovering, not only is He going to deal with sin, wolves in sheep's clothing, and intentional rebellion, He is going to deal with the areas of judgment in the hearts of Believers; He is going to deal with poisonous words and pride.
The Lord is going to remind the Church again that He corrects, He exposes, and He uncovers, not to condemn but out of His love and to bring the Church into greater alignment. Everything He uncovers, everything He corrects, He offers repentance and redemption.
There will be some very strong dealings of the Lord in this new era upon intentional sin and rebellion, but some of these strong dealings will be the result of a lack of repentance, even in the uncovering. When the Lord dealt with such things in Acts 5 and numerous times in the Old Testament, it was the result of people not walking in repentance.
Do Not Be Prideful in Purity
In the uncovering that will take place, I heard the Holy Spirit speak over the Church: "Do not be prideful in purity."
If you stand before the Lord in purity knowing there are no areas of your heart that the Lord has convicted you of and no areas that the Lord has told you to deal with and you haven't, guard your heart by praying for those to whom the uncovering is happening.
"Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you." (Matthew 7:1-2)
This is the call to pray.
This is the call to love.
This is the call to speak life.
Do not allow your words to be words of poison and accusation against someone whom the Lord uncovers with intentional sin or rebellion in their life. Love them through your words, your kindness, and your prayers. For as much as the Lord will hold them to account for their intentional sin, the Lord holds the Church to account for the way that they respond to these uncoverings.
These uncoverings are really going to bring forth a maturing in the Body of Christ. They are going to reveal those who live close to His heart and those who are friends with God, carrying His heart when others fall into sin or rebellion. There will be a testing of the heart that will come upon the Church in these uncoverings that will reveal what is in the hearts of God's people. That will be the place where the cry for the fire of God to come and burn up any judgment or accusation needs to happen. That's the place where the cry to love like Jesus needs to happen.
The heart of God in these uncoverings is to bring restoration and humility, but that is not just for those who have fallen. It is for the Body of Christ in general to be ones who walk in love, humility, discernment, and speak words of life. (Used by permission via Destiny Image.)
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Lana Vawser¬†is an active member of the Australian Prophetic Council and releases prophetic words for the Body of Christ and nations, and is featured regularly on The Elijah List and in Charisma Magazine. She is also an itinerant preacher and revivalist who is traveling regularly with her family, seeing powerful moves of God. Lana has a strong, prophetic voice and has a heart to see the Body of Christ develop deep intimacy with Jesus and actively hear His voice each day. She also has a heart to see people set free and walk in all that Jesus has purchased for them as they carry Christ into their world each day, awakened to His nature and who they are in Him. Lana is married to Kevin, and they live in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia with their family.
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