Prophetic word released on December 16, 2022:
The Rise of a Holy Army
Last month, as I was driving, I went into a powerful vision. I was taken up in the spirit and I knew I was about to see the Lord revealing what was to come in the following year. This was the revelation I had been waiting for Him to drop into my spirit for months. I knew I didn't want to be focused on what the enemy was going to be doing, but I wanted enough intel and insight into his plans to be able to prepare to counteract them. My heart has been postured for months now, asking, "Lord, what are You up to? Where are You going? And how can I join You on the journey?"
So as I went into this powerful vision, suddenly I felt the ground shaking under the car – almost like there was a mini earthquake taking place, but I knew that there was no earthquake in the natural. I was in the spirit, and I was sensing the "tectonic plates" of the spiritual realm around the earth shaking and trembling – rattling like bones that were stretching forth for the first time in a long time. It was like I was feeling the dry bones of the valley in Ezekiel 37 beginning to come back into formation. I sensed that there was something which had been hidden for such a long period of time suddenly beginning to break out of this place of dormancy and death. And God was resurrecting it – I could feel it!
"Then He said to me, 'Prophesy to these bones and say to them, "Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD!"'... So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet – a vast army." (Ezekiel 37:4, 10)
I could feel the shaking, and I said, "Lord, what am I seeing?"
The Lord said, "You're experiencing the birth pains of a mighty army that is rising in 2023, because I am awakening My Bride more than ever before. The birth pains are going to increase around the world in the natural," said the Lord. "And the birth pains are going to continue in the Church, where I'm calling forth those who were once asleep and I'm bringing them fully awake.
"In 2023, watch as movements arise out of the places of complacency, and where, previously, religion and other gospels, and another 'Jesus,' have plagued the pews and the Church with their lies. I'm raising up a mighty remnant that will come forth from the ashes. They will come forth from their place of spiritual death, and they will be bearers of truth that will shake the nations."
I feel that in 2023, we are going to see the Romans 8:19 movement that we've been prophesying about for many years go to another level. We are going to experience the birth pangs in the natural, around the world, as unusual phenomena – unusual signs and wonders – happen that can only point to the return of our King. But before that will come the rising of a pure and spotless Bride.
And so here we are in this moment, poised and positioned. I feel like the Lord has been intensely purging the Body of Christ in 2022 from so much apathy, and from a westernized gospel and Christianity that are so far removed from the Church of Acts, and from what God intended it to be. God has been shaking the Church of its idols, where it's worshiped self-help Christianity, intellectualism, and everything that has caused the Church to be led into consumerism instead of the pure Gospel.
I continued to feel these birth pangs, these shakings, these tremors underneath my feet. It was hitting my spirit and causing this vibration, and I knew that it was the Lord releasing the frequency of Heaven – the frequency of His holiness that was calling people out of darkness and into His light. It was the conviction of the Spirit that was coming upon those who have been dead, and He was calling them forth.
The Sound of Justice and a Mighty Contender in the Earth
Then I said, "Lord, is there going to be an even greater purging and refining fire in 2023?"
The Lord answered, "Watch in 2023 as those who have been getting away with evil finally begin to come to justice. Watch as I release the sound of justice over the earth – the frequency of holiness and justice over the earth. And this frequency is going to deal with that which has been hidden, both in the Church and in the world. Watch as governments, systems, kings and those who have been hiding and covering up injustices around the world begin to be exposed so that My glory can be poured out on the earth." (Photo via Rawpixel)
In that moment, I felt so strongly that we are about to see such a clashing of kingdoms in 2023, as the Church is rising to such a place of influence on the earth. I feel the Lord saying, "In 2023, the Church is going to rise up as a mighty contender in the earth. The Kingdom of God is going to be revealed."
I feel like there are people who have the mandate to rise up in the earth and declare that we will not tolerate this mountain of fear, we will no longer tolerate Jezebel, and we will no longer tolerate the demonic spirits and principalities that have existed over our nations and cities. We will no longer tolerate the enemy dominating and exerting his false dominance and usurping authority over the places of the earth anymore. "For I'm crumbling them," says the Lord. "I'm crumbling them from the inside out.
"Watch now as the prayers of the saints have filled the bowls of Heaven and they begin to pour out; and you will see a mighty, mighty outpouring of justice in the earth. I'm going to deal with the enemies that have tried to cancel you. I'm going to deal with the enemies that have tried to take you out. I'm dealing with what has been allowed to exist and to function and has felt like it has for so long."
Many have said, "Lord, why? Why has evil endured? The enemy has been prowling and he has gotten away with it – he's been laughing."
But the Lord says, "I shall get the last laugh."
Dispensers of the Greater Glory
Then, suddenly – in my car – a bright light shone and began to fill the car, and I could feel the warmth and the glory; the honey, the oil of the glory, and the presence of the Lord. Instantly, I knew this was the other dimension to this revelation.
The Lord simply said, "My glory is about to be revealed. My latter glory is about to be revealed. Just as you look for signs and wonders in the earth, and the unusual happenings around the earth, look for the signs of a glory that has been reserved for now. Look for the new wine! Look for the wine that has been reserved for last – the best wine!
"Look for the glory that until this time has not been poured out. It is the latter glory that I said I would pour out of My house," says the Lord. "And this latter glory shall fill the earth. And I'm looking for those who will be the glory carriers of Heaven. They'll be the dispensers of this glory and they will not back down."
"'The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,' says the LORD Almighty. 'And in this place, I will grant peace,' declares the LORD Almighty." (Haggai 2:9)
The Lord continued: "This is a time that the Church is called to rise up and be dispensers of this glory. And I say this to you, Church, this will be a year when I do not want you to back down. This is a year that I want you to rise up in the fear of God. I want you to rise up in the fear of the Lord and break off the fear of man.
"2022 has been a year of great purging. It's been a year of a great resetting of hearts. It's been a year of laying down idols and casting every single forged and manufactured religious thing into the fire. And it's been a year of deliverance," says the Lord.
"Watch now as, even in the next month, I begin to finalize that which I have started in you; and watch as I begin to bring to completion that which I began in you.
"This was not a year of floundering. This was not a year of wandering to and fro. This was a year of necessary adjustments," says the Lord, "so that I could lead you into that place where you could be a dispenser of My glory.
"Now watch as I'm positioning you – I'm posturing you. I'm bringing you into a new company," says the Lord. "I'm bringing you into a new people. You're going to find the people that you connect with. This year has been a year where it has felt like the wolves were out after you. It felt like a year where every single surveilling spirit that could be released was. It was a year of so much witchcraft and chatter. But watch now as I begin to bring the people, the company, the family that I've called you to be; and you'll establish My Kingdom in those places," says the Lord.
Homes, Hubs and Sudden Movement After a Time of Barrenness
"Yes, look for the homes. Yes, begin to dream again with Me for regions and nations. Ask for the nations and I shall give them to you. And for those who have dropped the nations – those who have dropped the cities because of the inability to access them and go to the places – watch now as I begin to give you the ability to go forward. Even right now, open your hands. I'm giving you the passports and the visas and the ability to go forward. Look and begin to see with Me the flights and the places I'm leading you. I'm giving you insight and direction to be able to go to those places and to reveal My glory," says the Lord. (Photo via Flickr)
So let movements now arise! I feel the Lord saying that movements are arising from places where there has been barrenness and there has been complete dormancy. There is a rattling of bones and a shaking of cities that have been asleep. There is an apathy that has long been over regions, and it has been over ministries and over nations, and those are the places that are being shaken awake.
The Lord says, "Now watch as, in the most unexpected places and in the most unexpected people, movements begin to emerge that reveal My latter glory. Watch them! Watch for the ones that, right now, their bones are shaking. Watch for the ones whose bones have been brittle and dead under the surface. And as the earth begins to click into place, they will begin to step into a new day, a new fire and a new mantle for the days to come.
"And look for the locations that I'm going to be using in the years to come. 2023 is going to reveal hot spots of My glory – hubs of My glory. Right now, they're changing. They're shifting right now, and I'm moving people in and out of locations and regions for My glory. Watch as the different places that I prophesied about – and about the years to come – begin to become places where movements are launched from. They will be places of unusual outpourings and manifestations.
Fresh Baptism and Hot Coals
"You're going to wake up in the next two months and you're going to feel a fire upon your spirit that you've not felt in years. You're going to feel a branding upon you that you've not felt in such a long time. And I'm going to pour out what has felt like it has been stopped up. And it will be the very fire where you've said, 'Lord, where is Your fire? I've stopped dreaming. I've stopped hearing. I've stopped feeling the conviction.' And suddenly, in a moment, the baptism of the Spirit of God is going to come upon you and you're going to feel the fire, the wind and the oil wrap itself around you. You're going to feel the fire of Heaven envelop you. You're going to feel fresh coals on your tongue. And you're going to break out of the apathy. You're going to break out of the pit you've been in, and you're going to lead forth, go forth and possess the land that I've given you," says the Lord.
"Get ready for a year of the birthing pains and the mighty glory. Get ready for a year of the oil dripping from you in the places where you felt you were dry and where you had no oil; the places where you felt that you had lost your anointing; the places where you felt you'd lost your authority, you lost your message, you lost your very essence and purpose of living. The oil will be dripping in those places.
"There's going to be such an outpouring of glory and oil upon your life, it's gonna set the captives free. Get ready to see the healing! Get ready to see the breakthrough! Get ready to see the doors open that you thought were shut for you. And right now I'm breaking the fear that's wrapped itself around your throat, and it stopped you from being able to speak, and it stopped you from moving forward. This is a moment of deliverance," says the Lord. "As you step into this new year, I'm going to reveal the mighty voice that you've been called to be."
USA – I Am Resetting Liberty!
A week before I had this powerful encounter, I had another one where, similarly, the ground began to shake. I saw the United States move into a birthing position, and then suddenly I was transported to Pennsylvania where I saw the Liberty Bell, and I saw it was cracked.
Someone yelled out, "Let's repair the crack; let us repair the crack in the Liberty Bell! We must restore it to its rightful place!"
Then suddenly, the voice of the Lord declared, "No, the Liberty Bell must not be repaired. The Liberty Bell needs to be recast."
I knew this meant that the United States was not entering into a time of repair, but that God was bringing it back to its foundation. God was resetting the nation. There's a remolding; there's a reshaping – a recast – that is taking place in the United States of America, which is going to affect the rest of the world. It's going to look, at first, like a greater crack is formed in liberty, and the US dollar being affected for a time. Many dependencies that have been formed by the American people are not going to be dependable. (Photo via Piqsels)
The Lord continued: "But I'm causing a recast of this nation to come forth from this. Don't look to the momentary problems but look to what I'm going to do in the long term," says the Lord, "because I'm bringing this nation back to its former glory. And through it, the nations of the earth are going to come into line as well, and they are also going to taste the glory of the Lord.
The Ichabod Church
"In 2023, I'm birthing My Church. My remnant is coming out of the shadows. They're coming out of the back streets and the alleyways, and they are coming to the front of the pack to be those who would recast, reforge and represent the new Church – the new Bride in the glory that she was meant to reveal. This will be a time of great testing. It will be a great time of decision – a valley of decision season – because those who are stuck in the old paradigm will have to choose whom they serve. Will they serve the Lord, or do they serve religion? Will they serve themselves? Will they serve mammon? They'll have to come out of those paradigms and make the decisions, or they'll be left behind in dead works and performance – that which does not carry any of My glory.
"I'm breaking the neck of the Ichabod church," says the Lord. "I'm breaking that which carries no glory, and I'm leading My Church back into its time of glory. I'm leading My Church back into its time where the fountains will flow, where the streams will make glad the city of our God. It will be a time when revivals spring up around the earth again, and people will say, 'Do you know what the Lord is doing? Can you see what the Lord has done?' And people will turn their affections and attention from what the enemy is prophesying and speaking over the airwaves to what I am doing. And people will say, 'God is truly moving and alive in the earth, and Jesus is Lord!'"
In 2023, there's a shaking that's coming to many of the earthly systems. But the Lord says, "Do not fear, for I will give you strategy and I will give you a way around the issues that arise in 2023. And the plans of man that seek to imprison and enslave people – to trap people – I will reveal the plans and give you strategy for them."
"Don't be afraid of the increased shakings in the economy, for the plans of the enemy are to bankrupt the Church, but it is only going to cause a mighty influx of a wealth transfer to the Church and to the righteous," says the Lord. "Watch as I turn the plans of the enemy on their head."
Watch as there are massive changes in social media and in the media companies of the earth. Watch as there is a changing of hands and the changing of the guard – even in Pharaoh's house. I hear the Lord saying, "Watch as I begin to move in ways of justice that are outside of this system. There's coming a new sound of freedom in the earth.
The Lord says, "Occupy, occupy, occupy! Do not hold back! For I am calling you to own the land that I give you."
There are many who have lost homes in the last ten years, or have been believing for homes but have seen no breakthrough; but the Lord is moving suddenly to cause the Church to physically occupy regions. There will be large parcels of land bought for the sake of establishing and building Kingdom hubs of revival.
Dream Again and Birth with Me!
"So plan like normal; dream with Me again," says the Lord. "Let 2023 be a year that you break out of the shell, break out of the place of apathy and the place of forfeit that you've been in. Arise and shine, My glorious Bride! Reveal the glory that you are called to reveal. Do not hold back. Stretch forth your tent pegs. Take the land and discover your inheritance in the nations.
"Birth with Me!" I hear the Lord saying. "There will be no more stillbirths or barrenness among My people! This will be a year that My Church brings forth My Kingdom from the ashes of institution!"
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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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