I feel like this is not just a prophetic word but a fiery commission; an awakening of dry bones and broken dreams that were derailed and decommissioned. You see, we are in a new season and the old has passed away. We have moved out of the old thing, the old way, and are yielding to the new thing that we have not seen before or imagined.
The world, in all its chaos and "tempest," is the perfect setting – not for shutdown and survival, but for the greatest season of ripening and launching we have yet seen in the earth. I'm talking about those who are, right now, in the early phases of pioneering movements never before seen, and the eagles who are peering over the edge of the nest about to take their first flight into the unknown. This is for you...
"Remember what I showed you?" I heard the Lord say to me a few months ago. He began to remind me of the 2-week-long revelatory encounter that He had taken me into in December of 2009, which started on one Friday-night service at Bethel Church in Redding. It was like God took a prophetic banner with the word "Reformation" scribed onto it and wrapped me up in it until it overtook my life.
For two weeks straight I couldn't think about anything else other than this word that I had never heard of before. Every day was a nonstop torrent of information, Scriptures, and visions where He was showing me a season to come, where the Church would leave the four walls and step into something extraordinary. I would see similar visions over and over of these walls breaking out and Believers being mobilized as the Church in different ways, such as meeting up in coffee shops, parks, and gathering around the family table.
I saw millions of tiny fires lit up on a map all over the globe; Believers were being radical voices, and the Church as I once knew it was upside down – and to be honest, it challenged me. This wasn't the Church or Kingdom that I knew at the time, but it became a reality inside of me that I couldn't ignore.
Wildfires & Micro Movements
"Movements are beginning and voices are rising," He said to me. Then I heard a peculiar phrase in my spirit: "Micro movements." I thought, What are they? What does that even mean?
Then I saw the same vision that I saw in 2009, and many times since, of millions of fires lighting up the globe.
Micro means "very small, microscopic, or on a small scale."
"What are You trying to say, Lord?" I asked, and He said:
"I have given blueprints of millions of movements to My people that are needed for this time, but many are holding back because they look small and insignificant. But they need to know that they may look small in size, or in comparison to other movements of the past, but they carry the same might, power, and 'backing' of Heaven. They are wildfire movements that will be catalysts for revival around the earth and become the infrastructure for stewarding the greatest harvest the earth has yet seen!
"So what does this look like?" I asked. And again I saw the parks with people gathering together and worshiping – fields with people praising the name of Jesus; coffee shops with people talking about Jesus and praying together, and homes where people were coming together and prophesying over each other. (Photo via Unsplash)
In my spirit I knew this wasn't confined to the physical either; people will begin movements online, chats, groups, and fiery gatherings to mobilize Believers around the world. The Scripture that came to mind was Matthew 18:20: "For where two or three gather in My name, there am I with them."
"Two or three?" I asked.
"Yes!" the Lord replied.
Organic Movements & Garage Band Startups
The Lord then took me into a vision where I saw a worship band playing in a garage, and they were raw, unpolished, yet carried so much anointing. In fact, in the vision, I began longing for the sound of worship I hadn't heard in a long time. The focus was less on the perfection and back onto the Presence.
Firstly, this spoke to me about how God's heart in this season is not about the polished look and sound of the movement, but the heart. He is after those who will simply reveal His heart instead of trying to look shiny and polished.
Secondly, it reminded me of the bands I grew up listening to that began in their garages and soon became internationally demanded. They didn't know that the sound that began in a garage would soon become anthems sung in stadiums; and in that same way, God is pouring out His Spirit upon that which looks foolish to the wise or rough around the edges.
Revival doesn't begin because we have the best building, band, or usher team, but because people decide they are going to come together and pray and invite Jesus into their city and state, and that is the very purpose of these rising movements. It's the convergence of two commissions:
"If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14)
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, and He has anointed me to be hope for the poor, healing for the brokenhearted, and new eyes for the blind, and to preach to prisoners, 'You are set free!' I have come to share the message of Jubilee, for the time of God's great acceptance has begun." (Luke 4:18-19)
These movements are rising as an answer to the problems in our nations; the evil that has been hidden for far too long, and principalities that have long bullied our regions. These movements are beginning to release the Spirit of God into places He has not been invited into so that healing can come, freedom can come, eyes can be opened, hearts can be awakened, captives can be set free, and the message of the Gospel can go into the earth and people who do not know God can encounter Him!
Micro Movements with Mega Influence!
What I saw next was sobering and convicting. I saw these micro movements being moved and positioned into key positions, regions, and spheres where they were needed most. God was not just raising up movements in the Church but in all mountains of influence – Government, Family, Economy, the Arts and more. And as they were positioned, they were releasing a turnaround anointing that was bringing Kingdom ALIGNMENT to those areas they were in.
God then said, "But will they cross over the line? Will they dare to break away from the religious and political spirit that moves against the flow of My Spirit?"
Then the Scripture came to mind from Luke 4:8: "Jesus answered, 'It is written: "Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only."'" (Photo via Pxhere)
I felt that God was saying, "Will you launch with only Me in mind? Will you lay down your reputation and image for Me? Will you jump out and live for Me alone?"
What Micro Movement Is in You?
So let me ask you: What micro movement is in you? What looks small but carries huge potential and anointing? Just like the word "microscope," your movement may look small, but when God takes a hold of it He MAGNIFIES it!
Here are a few keys for those wanting to launch in this season:
• Change your perspective on what a God has given you. Look through HIS eyes. "Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel's hand..." (Zechariah 4:10).
• Realize that God has chosen and anointed you for this hour and for this mission. Cast off the "grasshopper" mentality. "...We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them" (Numbers 13:33).
• Refuse to cater to the fear of man. Even the most well-meaning person who is more motivated by fear and caution will give you the worst advice; which leads me to...
• Move in faith. Do something to move forward and God will keep meeting you at every step.
Lay down your reputation. In a time where people are trying to maintain their territory and image, God is calling us to lay it down for the Kingdom. If you are trying to keep everyone liking you and agreeing with you, you will likely not move out in faith.
• Let the Holy Spirit guide and lead you, not the news, cultural opinions, or man-made agendas. Stop looking for approval from the old wine skin and BE the new wine skin!
A Prayer of Commissioning
Now let me pray a prayer of commissioning over you:
Holy Spirit, baptize every person reading this in Your fire. Remove every trace of the fear of man; sever Jezebel's muzzle; remove the control of religion, the political spirits of legalism, and put COURAGE into Your people's hearts and bones.
I prophesy that the dead bones of dropped movements will come back to life. There will be an IGNITION to visions and dreams, and the favor to see fruit as they step out in faith to birth what You gave them, in Jesus' name!
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Nate Johnston¬†is a prophetic voice 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 school "Everyday Revivalists," he leads people from the basics of the Gospel through to being sent and released into their mission field, as well as championing and raising up emerging prophetic voices around the world. His burning cry and desire is to see the Body of Christ become a beacon for the lost by raising up a generation that walks in the love and power of God, representing Him well. Nate and his wife Christy have three daughters, Charlotte, Sophie, and Ava and live in Redding California.
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