Remnant, I have a word of encouragement from the Lord's heart to yours. For the last few months, I have sensed that God is getting people into position for new assignments and positions leading into 2022. After a battling season of such contention and delay, I am seeing a sudden 'bursting at the seams' that has started to erupt in innovations, strategies, and movements to be birthed.
I have felt the urgency of the hour to begin to build, to counteract the demonic games at play in the earth, and the desire of the Lord to send His shakers and ground breakers into the hardest mission fields where few dare to go.
We are at a new, foundational stage as the army gathers. I see them springing up from the woodworks of life. Many who used to follow the 'sheep herd' are now following the shepherd, and have begun their awakening quest to the front lines.
I have felt this...but the more I peer into this space with the Lord, the more I get a greater clarity of this 'deeper layer' and focus on God's heart that I want to speak into.
The War of the Hour Is at the Doorstep of Homes
Assignments are waiting. Yes, blueprints are ready. Yes, purpose is being awakened. Yes to all of this...but what is the foundation that joins all of them together? What is the main focus on the Lord's heart?
FAMILY. This move of God right now, in its infancy, is FAMILY. It's going to start with families on the front lines.
Why? Because the kingdom of darkness is warring against the family right now. It's been raging to continue aborting and killing our most vulnerable in the womb and desensitize us, telling us it's okay. It's been raging to destroy God-given identity and increase gender confusion. It's been raging to increase the destruction of marriages and safety in the home. It's been raging to expose children to evil and convince them it's good. It's been raging to remove the FATHER from the picture altogether, sending the world into dysfunction and chaos. It's been warring to silence and censor the TRUTH of God's heart, morals, and design. It's been raging to get the Church to lay down it's sword so that it doesn't continue to stand and defend itself.
That's how the world looks right now, but that's only part of the picture. A REMNANT – a set aside people – have been prepared for this very moment.
Preserved and Protected for a Purpose
No, you weren't left out and cast aside; you were PROTECTED and PRESERVED for this hour. You have been set apart to be the rudder of the ship, leading the Church into her correct course, guiding the way, exposing the counterfeit, and revealing the true heart of the Father to the nations.
You have been called to bring Jesus amidst confusion; where culture has crept in to the pulpit; where evil is being called good. You are the standard. Where the family is being torn to shreds, you stand in the gap and lead your family well. Where injustices are being swept under the carpet, you are the 'weights and balances.' Where nations are falling by the wayside, you have a voice, and God has reserved and preserved you for a role of influence in this hour of history.
Micah 5:8 says: "The remnant of Jacob will be among the nations, in the midst of many peoples, like a lion among the beasts of the forest, like a young lion among flocks of sheep, which mauls and mangles as it goes, and no one can rescue." (Photo via Pixabay)
Emerging from the Mess and Metamorphosis
Remnant, O remnant, you have been born for such a time as this...like Esther, who separated herself to purify herself; who surrendered her ideals and motives at the threshing floor to pick up the fiery baton of the King's mandate of the hour. I see you and you look beautiful.
I have seen you wrestle through this process, the mess of this season. I have seen you fall on your knees a thousand times and want to give up on the hard road you have walked. I have seen you die a hundred deaths in the fires of adversity and persecution. I have seen you enter the cocoon of the Lord's refinery and emerge with new wings, feeling unsure and still remembering the pain of the past season, but carrying new wings nonetheless. Do you feel them yet? No? You soon will.
You have been in the deepest metamorphosis of your life so far, prepared for a divine purpose that is about to be revealed. All around you are others who have been prepared for this very same thing.
The Job Remnant
Now, let me address the ones who felt like they died in this past season. Yes, you! I see you. The Lord has NOT forgotten you! I saw you with nothing left, yet still hanging onto the threads of Jesus' garment. I know you have faced countless nights enduring the tormenting voice of the enemy screaming at you to give up and retreat. You wanted to, but you knew the cost. You knew what was at stake so you stood. Against all odds, you stood.
Remnant, I know the process you have been through. I know it has felt final. I know it has meant closure on many things that you didn't understand. I know the door slammed shut, and it caught you by surprise. There were people you wanted to come with you into the cocoon but just weren't ready to come; they just weren't at that place. You can't beat yourself up over it anymore. In fact, if you had continued with them, you would have been unequally yoked and sent further into bondage.
I saw that the COST of this season has been more than all your life's warfare combined. I know many of you have faced endless locusts and plagues, even feeling abandoned by God. "Job," you said. "I feel like Job! But, Lord, You restored Job so many times over! Will You do the same for me?"
I hear 2 Samuel 22:25: "Therefore the Lord has recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to my cleanness before His eyes."
There will be a RECOMPENSE!
In this move of the Spirit, begin to expect the places of your own family devastation and broken promises to live again. God is moving corporately with His remnant to see the 'waste places' raised up again!
The Eagles' Nests Are Springing Up! Lone Rangers Are Finding Their Tribes
There is something special, unique, and UNEXPECTED that is taking place right now. We have all felt this for years – the pull to press in for and pioneer community in ways we haven't seen before. But RIGHT NOW is a very strategic moment in that process.
Eagles' nests are springing up! Homes are becoming gathering places for more than prayer nights and Bible studies. People are coming together to discuss their mission plans. The eagles' nests are forming, and they will NOT look like the eagles' nests of old. They will not be breeding grounds for man's ways parading as something godly, nor will they be barracks for forming soldiers to carry out a mission. They will be home bases for the eagles to find rest, family, and refreshment. They will be places to be encouraged, armed, equipped, and sent back out!
I feel that for those of you who have been long-term lone rangers, God is speaking to you the most right now. Your paradigm is changing quickly. Maybe you left those people because they shut you down. Maybe they rejected you, alienated you, and tried to keep you from your calling. I get it. The lone ranger life is safer, with less drama, but the loneliness has become a wound to you in this past year...like a deep, stabbing sorrow in your heart that you can't seem to escape.
Let me tell you, this is the very crux of this word and why I am delivering it to you right now: You are the remnant, the 'set aside ones,' not the 'rejected' or 'forgotten' or 'passed over.' Let that lie fall off you right now. You are a carrier of something precious...so precious, in fact, that few could fathom or understand it. You are a fragrance in the Lord's hand, and those unaccustomed to the scent did not accept you. But, remnant, YOUR LONELY ISOLATION DAYS ARE OVER! I SEE YOUR TRIBE RUNNING TO YOU! (Photo via Unsplash)
The Syndicate and the Company of the Knitted Hearts
We are in a season that is an important part of any militant process, where the Lord is aligning His regiment. The Church has been out of order and open to attack, but the remnant, the 300, the 'Gideon's army' (or however many they may be), are coming into formation. This is where we are at, and here is what it may look like for you:
• a sudden detachment from a relational alignment you were once in
• a sudden 'pulling away' from the direction you were going in
• a sudden 'lifting of grace' from an affiliation where there was once grace
• a sudden 'knitting of hearts' with people you didn't expect or imagine
• a like-minded and equally-yoked people suddenly surrounding you
• a sudden connection (a 'clicking') of things that didn't connect before, because of new alignments
There is a grace coming upon you from your new connections, opening the door that you need opened. Why? Because only family does that, and that's where we are going.
Moses needed people to hold up his arms in battle, and you will need that too in this next season. While alone, you fell on your face too many times, but in this next season, remnant, you will have people holding you up and carrying you over the finish line!
Recently, at a friend's ministry event, I kept seeing the word "SYNDICATE," which means: an association of people or firms formed to promote a common interest or carry out a common goal. What is our common goal? To exalt the name of Jesus in the earth and usher in the KINGDOM OF HEAVEN! It's Isaiah 61. It's setting the captives free. It's being the voices of TRUTH in this time of counterfeits. It's choosing the narrow road when the mega highway of apathy and cultural 'selling out' opens up. It's realizing that the mountains of influence have been hijacked by imposters and we need to take them back!
We are the ones standing at the breach and broadcasting truth to those who are veiled and in bondage! This is who we are. Well done for standing; well done for keeping your course.
After I heard the word "SYNDICATE," I saw a vision of many components coming together, like different mechanical cogs and pieces all flying in from left and right. They were all pieces that normally wouldn't fit together, but to my amazement, they did!
This is the time where the remnant needs to unite and join forces. Brands and empires need to take a back seat to brotherhood and the cause to be one voice. We need to lay down competition and take down the giants in the land, or there will not be a future for the generations to come.
Remnant, your tribe is coming and it will be MAGNETIC. They won't despise you; they will be drawn to you! They won't compete with you; they will pour into you! Remnant, find your people, open that space, prepare that table, and let's RUN together!
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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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