The Shaking of March/April 2020
"This phrase, 'Yet once more,' indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain." (Hebrews 12:27).
For many months now, just about every Prophet I have been around has spoken of the great shaking that was starting to happen across the earth. The shaking that causes unnecessary and unrighteous things to "fall away" and Kingdom things to remain. Prophets "see in part and prophesy in part" (1 Corinthians 13:9), so though some saw very specifically that the COVID-19 was coming, others only saw that a shaking was taking place and that the Church needed to be ready. Many, including myself and my family, have been interceding and digging deeper into the Word and investing more time into our friendship with God to hear clearly the heartbeat of the Father. Having leaned into His heartbeat and felt His love for His Church and for the nations, I feel that there is more GOOD coming from this virus than the devil would have ever imagined!
"As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good..." (Genesis 50:20)
" And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28)
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” (Matthew 7:24-27)
Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw—each one's work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. " (1 Corinthians 3:12-13)
I know that each of these scriptures refer to fire or water and not a shaking, but the message is the same. Anything that can be shaken or burnt up in this time will be exposed. Faulty foundations as well will be exposed for the purpose of rebuilding and realigning to the heart of the Father. There is a great holiness coming back to the Church, and a great "awakening" that will actually make the Bride utterly unshakable in the future.
In worship recently, I saw the Church across the globe as if it was one giant entity. It was literally on fire, and every single thing was being burnt up EXCEPT the foundation and a few pillars. The smoke, however, was not normal smoke but a cloud of heavy glory. And just like stories I've heard from revivals of past, people were running in and out of the glory clouds in complete freedom and joy! The Church in my vision had an AUTHENTICITY like never before, and it was so breathtaking that people were drawn to it even as it was fully burning with only foundations and pillars to stand on. I don't have words to articulate the glory of this Church!
What God showed me is that through this evil pandemic, the CHURCH IS ARISING. She is awakening. Every stronghold in the mind is being exposed. "Quarantine" means having to confront things without the usual distractions. The Church, as individuals, are confronting fears and even religious spirits that had attached to their fears in the past. Apathy is being exposed. Incorrect doctrines are being challenged. Prophetic and Teacher voices are getting louder and UNSHAKABLE. Convictions are becoming unshakable. Intimacy is growing deeper. The Church is stepping out into the community like never before. Praise God!
EXCHANGING FEAR FOR GLORY
"...according to the covenant that I made with you when you came out of Egypt. My Spirit remains in your midst. Fear not. For thus says the Lord of hosts: Yet once more, in a little while, I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land. And I will shake all nations, so that the treasures of all nations shall come in, and I will fill this house with glory, says the Lord of hosts. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, declares the Lord of hosts. The latter glory of this house shall be greater than the former, says the Lord of hosts. And in this place I will give peace, declares the Lord of hosts." (Haggai 2:5-9)
The Lord showed me that He allows the shaking not just to expose what needs to go, but because He longs to pour out His treasures and glory upon the Church in greater measure! The things being exposed and shaken off are not because of His wrath, but because there are things that hold His children back from the full measure of what He longs to pour out upon them. There is a consecration that is needed for us to be able to carry the weight of the glory that He has ordained for His children to carry, and NOW is a holy moment to enter into that process.
The evil spirit of fear that has come upon the Church can be rebuked, bound up and exchanged for the oil of joy and a garment of praise (Isaiah 61)! There is a greater glory coming upon the Church like nothing we have ever seen, and He not only wants to see the fulfillment of the Great Harvest - He actually wants His Bride to get the privilege of co-labouring with Him to see the Harvest come forth. He longs for us to be a part of this Harvest, at His side. We must remember that the Father's heart is GOOD, and He is NOT wanting to shake us just to get us "holy enough" to be "of use" in the Harvest. He needs a consecrated people because He simply does not want us to miss out on getting to reap WITH HIM.
"The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion." (Proverbs 28:1)
The Bible says that the righteous are as BOLD AS LIONS! The shaking currently taking place is shaking off anything that is not righteous in the lives of the Church. Righteous, not just in action, but in IDENTITY.
There has been a war on identity for some years now, and it is only getting worse. Even in Christian circles, identity is being warped and twisted and interwoven with worldly philosophies. I have heard the Holy Spirit say for several years now that as we know our righteousness based upon 2 Corinthians 5:17-21, we will begin to roar like lions. Our boldness will cause greater evangelism, and our LOVE for the lost - and our love for each other - will get deeper. If the enemy can keep us from the truth about the substance of our salvation and what Jesus TRULY did by transforming our nature (2 Peter 1:4) and making us NEW creations in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17), he will keep us in guilt and shame and fear, therefore the ROAR within us will stay silent.
"Righteousness exalts a nation" (Proverbs 14:34). Our nations will be open for God's glory to pour out when the Church understands that she IS His righteousness. As the understanding of what Jesus has truly done and who He has truly made each born-again individual becomes a reality in the Church's belief systems, people will begin choosing holiness and righteous acts OVER sinful acts because they have begun to know and believe what Jesus has truly done for them. Purity and obedience will trump sin. A healthy fear of the Lord has already begun! And the weightiness of the glory in the latter days will NEED the Church to know her righteousness and to stand consecrated, authentic and confident. This time of shaking is a part of that process.
THE IDOLS ARE FALLING
For many months leading into 2020, I was seeing visions of and dreaming about an actual incident that occurred in the natural about 12 years ago in the Sydney area. I had shared Jesus with a Buddhist friend who was starting to find it hard to deny the reality of our Jesus, so he went into a small room in his suburb where his family's Buddhist friends would go to pray to Buddha. He cried out to the statue of Buddha that if he was real, to give him a sign. When nothing happened, my friend said to Jesus that if He was real, to show Himself then and there. Within a matter of seconds, a Sydney bus drove by at a fast pace, causing the little room to shake and the Buddha statue fell to the ground and was decapitated. Thus, my friend gave his life to Jesus.
I've been praying into this as I knew the Lord was trying to show me something through this memory popping up everywhere. The Lord then reminded me of the same thing happening in scripture, in 1 Samuel 5.
"Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it into the house of Dagon and set it up beside Dagon. And when the people of Ashdod rose early the next day, behold, Dagon had fallen face downward on the ground before the ark of the Lord. So they took Dagon and put him back in his place. But when they rose early on the next morning, behold, Dagon had fallen face downward on the ground before the ark of the Lord, and the head of Dagon and both his hands were lying cut off on the threshold. Only the trunk of Dagon was left to him." (1 Samuel 5:2-4)
The ark of God represented the Holy Spirit. I believe that as the Church begins to choose the Holy Spirit and INTIMACY in the Holy Spirit over all the false gods that have occupied time, attention and thoughts, that there will be a strengthening on the inside and roots that go deeper than ever before. I heard Him say that this is KAIROS TIME, that we MUST use this time that He has given us. The quarantine that appears to be an inconvenience to the world is actually an appointed blessing that God is using as an INVITATION TO GREATER INTIMACY. In this season, your friendship with God is more important and more urgent than anything else because it is setting you up for the rest of the decade. We must, under all circumstances, allow Him to SHAKE OFF every distraction that has become an idol. We must reach for more of the Holy Spirit, and not pull away. We must allow JESUS to be so powerful in our lives again that every idol falls to the ground and loses its counterfeit power. He is always the GREATEST choice.
GREATER SUPERNATURAL ENCOUNTERS TO COME
As I was talking to the Lord about the online Church groups, the streaming, and the small home Churches that have been popping up in response to the government lock downs across the USA and Australia especially, He gave me a vision of each gathering (whether virtual or real), having fire on them. The fire was BURNING OFF some things, but also GERMINATING the seeds of the Word that had been planted in each heart. I then saw roots growing from the bottom of each person and going down deep into the soil of their nation. I saw HOPE arise and I saw that fear was being smashed, and the emotions and feelings of each person was firmly anchored in His love and hope.
"We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain..." (Hebrews 6:19)
I felt the Lord say that when the corporate gatherings reconvene, the people of God of all denominations will start to step into a Spiritual realm like never before! The "much more" of God is ours for the taking, and we will begin to see people move into supernatural encounters and in supernatural ways as seen in the Bible. As souls and minds begin to fully align with TRUTH, I see doors being opened for greater intimacy with God, who longs to give more Heavenly encounters. The Church will never look the same again!
"Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you." (Luke 10:19)
The word here for authority is the Greek word exousia (Strong's 1849), which means many things including the following: power, liberty, jurisdiction, superhuman, physical and mental power, delegated influence.
I believe that the Church is going to take her exousia authority and begin to move in supernatural ways that are beyond man's finite comprehension, and it is because of the great shaking that is currently taking place. This is all in readiness for the Greatest Awakening that the Earth has ever experienced. Get ready, Church! It is your time to shine.
ANGELIC ACTIVITY INCREASED
At the end of 2019, the Lord directed my attention to a little stationary fan that I had turned on in my bedroom where I was praying. As I was watching the fan blades turn with a great momentum, I happened to notice a small, white feather sitting on the corner of the bed where the fan was facing. The feather was quite still until the Holy Spirit said to look a bit harder at it. Suddenly, the momentum of the fan's blades turning caused the gushes of air coming forth to move the little feather to flight, and it actually flew across the room and onto a chair a distance away. I heard the Lord say that this fan represents the words of life and truth that we speak. As we speak more of the Word of God over situations, it causes a momentum that makes the "blades" turn, and that then causes faith to rise up within ("faith comes by hearing" - Romans 10:17), and when the Word of God goes forth from our lips it sends the Angels to flight on our behalf (Psalm 103:20)! This causes things to shift and MOVE.
For those who are seers or feelers and have discernment, you will agree that there has been an increase of angelic activity in this season. The Lord showed me that as God's children spend more time in the Word, and as the INTERCESSORS ARISE and partner with the Word of God to see things move, there are Angelic beings who are being put to flight in large numbers. They are being dispatched to minister, to do war, to move mountains, to see God's will established on the Earth. I have spoken to several other discerning lovers of Jesus who - in the past few weeks - have also seen visions, and at times seen with their natural eyes, giant warring Angels being dispatched at the Word of the Lord spoken by His children and by the Intercessors. Oh Lord, that we would have eyes to see and be encouraged! Those who are with us are more than those who are of the enemy.
"When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. And the servant said, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” He said, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha." (2 Kings 6:15-17)
TESTIMONY AND PEACE
"You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you." (Isaiah 26:3)
I felt the Lord say that a tool for maintaining PEACE during this time is to keep the mind FIXED on Him. This gets easier and easier as we begin to allow the shaking to expose lies, idols and fear and then surrender them to Jesus. However, He also showed me clearly that the power of TESTIMONY will be one of the ways to best keep our minds stayed on Him.
"And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death." (Revelation 12:11)
In cultures that are inundated by negative media and fear, may we rise up to be the ones who share the GOOD THINGS that the Lord is doing! Testimony is powerful, and it is how we overcome the spirit of fear. Keeping our minds fixed on God and finding perfect peace can come from reminding ourselves and others of what He has done.
"Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!"
DO NOT NEGLECT THE WORD
"For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12)
Above all else, I feel like the Word of God is imperative during this time. The Lord is calling His Bride back to Bible reading and faith declarations. The time is here for a revival of our Bible reading! There are more keys, tools and strategies in the Word than in any Prophet, Teacher, Preacher or Ministry. May God's Word penetrate your heart and transform you from the inside out as you go deeper into His heart through the Bible.
What an exciting time to live in! I pray that we all take this invitation from the Father to allow the shaking and to dig deep into the Word of God like never before. The Church is AWAKENING!