One day, I was in worship when the word of the Lord came to me: "In the next six months, you're gonna wake up settled in the land that I promised to give you long ago. You will wake up and realize that all the battles that you've been through, the fires that you've walked through, and all the wildernesses that you survived are no longer ahead of you, or around you, but behind you. You'll breathe deep and see no sign of the pain or trauma that have been following you around for years.
"The hope deferred that has been like poison, sitting in the very recesses of your soul, is already beginning to evaporate from your life, never to be seen of again.
He Is Establishing You!
"I am establishing you," says the Lord. "I'm establishing you! I'm establishing you! I'm taking your feet and I'm planting them firmly and deeply. I'm strengthening you and I'm giving you the land that I promised that I would give you. I will move suddenly and quickly to get you to where you need to be, and I will give you rest. Yes, your nomadic days will finally be over.
"Just moments ago, everything that I said that I would give you was out of reach. Just moments ago you were at the door, and it looked like there was nothing on the other side, but now you'll step through the door and see what I've been building for you. You'll see what I've been orchestrating for you that you did not even know I was orchestrating. And you'll see what I have been building that you had no clue about.
"It's been a season that has felt like you were falling into despair and into the depths of darkness, but you'll soon see that I was building you, I was establishing you, I was getting you ready to step into your promised land... I know it looked like you would never reach it, and it looked like you would never get to the other side, but you'll soon see that I have been leading you through; holding your hand to make sure you do not miss it. You'll see that I have been freeing your feet from every trap, loosing your hand from the basket, and removing every yoke from your shoulders.
"Yes, I'm establishing you! I'm giving you the land that is attached to your new assignment, and you will step into a season of building.
"You've had to surrender your plans and old assignment—surrender everything that you've been birthing, and everything that you've been building. You've had to burn the old oxen, remove the old mantle from your shoulders and let everything in your hands drop. But now I'm giving you your assignment that is attached to the land. I'm giving to you now," says the Lord, "what I have been storing up for you for years."
He Is Restoring Everything - With Interest
We have been in an Ecclesiastes 3:3 season: "a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build."
Now the Lord says, "As you begin to see what I have been storing up, that is when you will start to experience the restoration. I will restore every single thing that was lost, every single thing that was broken and every single thing that was torn down in this past season, and it will come back with interest.
"Soon you'll see your season of the hardest ground become the place of the most fruitful outpouring you've ever seen in your whole entire life. Soon you'll see the place of your greatest trial and your greatest assassination attempt become the very location that I will pour out My Spirit without measure.
Prepared to Birth a New Movement
"Don't you see that I have been preparing you? I've been preparing you to birth a new movement that wasn't on your radar. I have been preparing to establish a movement through you that will drive down deep into the earth and shake your nation, and extend from you into the nations of the earth. I've been shaking you upside down and inside out, but now get ready to see everything that's been on the inside of you that I've been depositing. Get ready to see the fullness of the mantle upon your life. Get ready to see the fresh oil and anointing that I've been depositing in you. (Photo via UIHere)
"I'm going to use you to establish families of revival [and] places of My presence. I've been looking to and fro, looking intently to find those who would prepare a place for Me to dwell."
"...'Heaven is My throne, and the earth is My footstool. Where is the house you will build for Me? Where will My resting place be?'" (Isaiah 66:1)
You, Lord, and Nothing Else
"And I've seen you on your face, and I've said, 'This is the servant that is giving Me room. This is one who says, "You, Lord, and nothing else. You, Lord, and nothing else. There shall be no other lover other than You!"'
"And in a time of mixture, and in a time of great compromise, these ones have chosen the low road, the road to My throne, the secret place, the private place, the place of My gaze and nothing else, the place where everything has gone to die, the place where every man-made achievement just evaporates.
"Now, from this surrender, I am giving them the keys to this fresh move of My Spirit all around the earth. And the sign shall be that I will plant and establish them. And the sign shall be that I will gather My remnant from the nations, and I will call them to the place that I have preserved for them. And the sign shall be that I will finish and I will accomplish everything I said that I would do through them. And the sign shall be that every single loose end will begin to come together. The sign shall be that hearts will come alive in a way that they've never ever known.
A Changing of Names
"The tired and the weary; the battered from battle and the assassinated; the ones who have been taken out, and the ones who have been deactivated—I am restoring them," says the Lord. "I am giving them a fresh wind and putting My Spirit upon them without measure. I'm bringing so many back from the brink of death in this season. You'll be so surprised who I restore to their former glory, but with so much more. New names...names—that's right, names are going to change. Names are going to be changed...new robes and new running shoes.
"These are the days I will build and I will establish My covenant afresh with them. And I will plant them in the midst of the ruins of the nations, the ruins of government, the ruins of the empires of church. And I will position them in the rubble to be those who will be the restorers of the breach," says the Lord. "They will dance upon injustice and rule the land rightfully where others have failed.
"They will see plenty where the world finds lack, and they will thrive where the world sinks further into survival. I will give them My counsel in these days—wisdom and insight to know how to navigate the hour at hand—and they will not become prey for lions or go hungry. I will protect them and uphold them for their faithfulness.
Establishing His Heart and Pouring Out His Glory
"I am bringing My people back to the drawing board right now—back to the beginning—so I can course correct them into a greater future than they've been heading toward. This is a season where every ceiling of man is breaking; every ceiling that has been exalted and idolized is breaking; every single throne that has been exalted above Me is crumbling.
"And I've called you in this hour to establish what only comes from My heart, for I have been looking for those with a heart after My own heart, that will worship only Me and build only My house; who will say only what I am saying and do what only I am doing, regardless of what people around them say.
"They are the ones I'm going to use, and they are the ones I'm establishing in this season," says the Lord.
"And the glory of the latter house shall be greater than the former, and I will pour out My glory in such a magnitude that the earth has not seen. I'm about to pour out My glory in places of extreme darkness. Places that look impossible to be turned around, and where it looks impossible for any fruit to come from—out of those places, I am going to pour out My glory. (Photo via Flickr)
"And in this season I'm going to use My people to do unusual and unexpected exploits. And those who follow Me into places where [it] does not make sense, I will use them as instruments of My glory."
I Am Your Breaker!
Then I heard the Lord say, "So don't retreat! Don't run backward in fear because of the unknown future ahead of you, because I have already gone before you! I am your breaker!"
"The One who breaks open the way will go up before them; they will break through the gate and go out. Their King will pass through before them, the Lord at their head." (Micah 2:13)
"For many would say that there is hardship coming, but no matter what the enemy constructs, I will be your safety and your provision. I will give you wisdom to work around the obstacles.
"In famine, I have designed for you to be fruitful. And in chaos, I have designed for you to be a place of peace for the hurting. Yes, you will build safe houses and places of protection from the storm. They will be greenhouses, where what I pour out will multiply rapidly, because the hour is at hand and the workers are few for the harvest. And you will build refuges—homes—and raise up families who will be mighty in the earth, who will restore the places of desolation. And My Church will leave the pews of apathy and become warriors and watchmen of this new era."
"And it will be said: 'Build up, build up, prepare the road! Remove the obstacles out of the way of My people.'" (Isaiah 57:14)
"And I will draw the outcasts to you—the isolated and the lonely without families—and you will restore the brokenness that a fatherless culture has created.
Opening Blind Eyes and Resurrecting Fallen Soldiers
"Some will say, 'But what do I have in my hand to build with? I am empty.' And I would answer them, 'Your eyes are about to be opened to see everything that has been increasing in this season of extreme opposition and seeming loss. You will see just how sharp the sword in your hand has become, and the ax in your other hand to tear down.'"
(This will be a time of the opening of the eyes of the blind and the resurrection of the fallen soldiers in combat.)
The Lord says, "Do you see yet? Do you see the sparks around the earth forming? Do you see the stifled, smoking wicks beginning to burst into flame? I will do what I said I would do, and I will finish what I started."
Building Worship Families
As I was still in this prophetic flow, I saw a vision of something on the Lord's heart; worship houses were lighting up the map. They were physical properties—land that was being transformed into places of encounter and true belonging. I could sense that these were healing centers where people will come to detox from religious systems and encounter the King of glory. They will be places to cultivate real family, not just meaningful community, and they will be hubs for the harvest—training and sending places.
It's Time to Build Again
I want to end this word by encouraging those of you who dropped your building plans in the last season because the warfare became too much, or the opposition from other Believers stole your joy. It's time to pick up your blueprints and build again. It's time to leave the messy transition and long season of feeling lost and homeless. It is time to be established and thrive for the days to come.
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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 Dallas, Texas.
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