There has been a massive shift spiritually worldwide, which is also affecting the physical realm.
Here is what I sense the Lord showing me beginning to happen right now at the start of 2016…
There’s a grassroots movement arising
There’s a grassroots movement arising across the nations.
A radical, supernatural army of followers of Jesus such as you’ve never seen before. It’s not going to be controlled, but will spread like a virus.
It will be hard to see who’s leading it, and even though many new leaders will be raised up by God at this time, it will be led by the Holy Spirit in a way not previously seen on this scale.
This movement is made up of ordinary people like you and I but the army that is mobilising is not for wimps!
These people have already received much training in the wilderness, some have been following Jesus for years and others have followed their own path,
but the Lord’s hand has still been upon them and he has been training them and now they too are heeding the call and rallying to the cause of the Lord.
Just as David slayed Goliath after years of taking out wild animals that threatened the sheep he looked after in his everyday life, this army is attracting those who have been practicing in the hidden places but who are now ready to slay the giants that inhabit the land of promise.
Signs, wonders and miracles
Signs, wonders and miracles are going to break out like never before.
They are going to be needed like never before!
Demonstrations of God’s love and power will be documented in the news and will begin to become normal in the lives of many people.
In some ways, this grassroots movement will be persecuted, particularly by the religious spirit and others, but in other ways it will become popular and many in the public eye will be promoting or joining this uprising of followers of Jesus.
This will mainly be due to the supernatural like healings and miracles as well as the revelatory gifts of the Holy Spirit and the expressions of love demonstrated in everyday life, even to strangers.
Many returning to the fight
The James Bond movie Skyfall begins with 007 being out of action, and lying low, offended and disillusioned after being shot down by one of his own after an assignment went wrong, just living for himself.
But you know what? He hears the call. He’s needed and it’s time for him to come back and fight.
In the same way, we’re going to see many of our own who’ve been hurt, offended or disillusioned with church or who feel they’re disqualified in some way or been misunderstood, those who feel they’ve failed or gone their own way, even those who think they’ve fallen too far away - they’re going to hear the call to arms and we’ll see many of them coming back into the fray.
It’s time to hope again. It’s time to rally for the cause of the King; King Jesus and His Kingdom.
True Christianity going viral
A friend of ours leads a Bible school and teaches on church history. He tells me that in the year 100 AD there were around 50-60,000 followers of Jesus.
By the year 300 AD – that’s only 200 years later, there were around 34 million Christians.
In the same way, as the traditional church wanes, we’re going to see an explosion of radical followers of Jesus - exponential growth, like a virus, like in the early church.
This will include those involved in the occult as well as the NewAge and those from other faiths, also celebrities and all sorts of people you wouldn’t expect, coming into life-changing encounters with the Way, the Truth and the Life that is Jesus Christ.
It’s going to shock you!
The King Cyrus Anointing
A few years ago, I asked the Lord for strategy and tactics to take the promised land that we now find ourselves in.
He showed me Isaiah 45 in the Bible, about King Cyrus, and more and more I sense we’re going to see some of the themes from that time being outplayed now.
I haven’t time to go into the whole story here, but I have preached on it and I wrote an article in the MorningStar Journal around 3 years ago.
Basically, Isaiah prophesied about Cyrus, King of Persia (the country now known as Iran).
Isaiah prophesied what God was going to do and named Cyrus almost 200 years before he was born. He was a pagan King that was anointed by God to set God’s people free from Babylonian captivity.
I believe we are going to see some surprising choices of leadership raised up this year and in the years to come.
Those that we wouldn’t have picked will be placed in positions of authority and God will anoint them for His purposes.
The name Cyrus means 'flaming fire like the sun' and 'humiliator of the enemy'.
We’re going to see leaders emerge that are full of light and so on fire with passion for Jesus, they will ignite others around them and will humiliate the enemy as they push forward and take ground that the enemy has held onto for a long time.
In Cyrus’ day, the nation of Israel had been held captive for 70 years in Babylon.
God anointed King Cyrus for a task and downloaded strategy to him from heaven.
He was sent on an apostolic type mission by God to set the captives free and to be a catalyst to help re build the Temple and the city of Jerusalem, just as many are being anointed and sent out by God this year to set captives free, to build and to plant.
Cyrus led the Persian and Mede armies, and together they conquered the city of Babylon in a remarkable raid described in Daniel chapter 5.
While King Belshazzar of Babylon held a drunken party for a thousand of his nobles, Cyrus and his men conquered the city by diverting the Euphrates River, lowering the level of the river so his troops could march through the riverbed and straight into the city.
Amazingly, advancing troops found that the huge bronze gates in the river were unlocked so they marched right in to take the city, apparently without any bloodshed.
The King of Babylon was oblivious to what was happening, and as he was enjoying his drunken party, terrifying handwriting supernaturally appeared on the wall.
He was frightened and looked for someone to interpret the handwriting. Daniel was called for.
He was “chief of the magicians, enchanters, astrologers and diviners” and was known to the Queen as being someone who had the spirit of God in him.
Daniel interpreted the writing and revealed to the King of Babylon that his reign was over and the Medes and the Persians were taking his kingdom.
This year we will see those like Daniel who have been prepared for this time to be raised up.
Unbelievers will be looking for those who have the spirit of God in them, even people in positions of authority and high standing will humble themselves to seek out those who are led by the Holy Spirit, those who don’t push themselves forward but will be sought out.
They will be light in dark places, unearthing the terrorists, the evil schemers and plots of terror.
The Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation
Many will receive dreams and visions and have angelic visitations, revealing the schemes of the enemy in its many guises.
The Spirit of wisdom and revelation will come forth in greater measure at this time and the supernatural, mystical realms of heaven are opening up to those who seek the Lord and His Kingdom above all else.
The Israelites received their freedom through God anointing a pagan King and Cyrus actually helped them rebuild the Temple and their city, in answer to the prayers of Daniel after he found Jeremiah’s prophecy.
We will see many prayers answered in this season as we pray in accordance with God’s words ignited by His Spirit.
Pray with faith into prophetic words given to you personally and through the Scriptures and those things will be birthed. Be tenacious.
Like he did with King Cyrus, God is anointing a new breed of leadership who are courageous, those who will implement divine strategies using supernatural means, as they step out in accordance with Heaven's plan and walk through gates and doors that are opening before them.
Apostolic and Prophetic partnership
This is a time for the prophetic to go to a whole new level.
Like Daniel, supernatural gifts will begin to be used within every sphere with people of influence, to help rebuild His city and His Temple.
I believe Cyrus and Daniel represent the apostolic and the prophetic coming together in a whole new way to bring about the purposes of God at this time, to liberate the people of God from captivity, from being lukewarm and complacent and from the religious spirit.
The Lord is rebuilding His temple, that is the people of God.
The Apostolic (like Cyrus) will come into greater maturity and follow divine strategies and advance, taking enemy territory.
At the same time the prophetic, the mystics are coming forth like secret weapons that have been formed in the hidden places.
They’re emerging together, seeing in the spirit, with prophetic encounters increasing, the cloud of witnesses appearing, more angelic encounters, anointed and powerful.
The Warrior Bride
We will see the warrior bride – the army, the bride of Christ being raised up at this time.
Those who are fighting for a cause, not against flesh and blood, but against the powers and principalities of darkness, in love with Jesus and demonstrating His love and power.
We’ll see smaller churches springing up. They may not even be called ‘church’.
But they will be small groups, populated by radical believers and followers of Jesus. In homes, workplaces, restaurants, sports facilities, schools, universities, all over the place.
We'll also see apostolic hubs and spiritual training centres becoming more commonplace, alongside businesses and other ventures, as a new source of revenue and ways to reach non-believers instead of trying to get people to come into churches.
We're already doing this as MorningStar Europe, but we'll see others pioneering this too.
And rather than the old ways of men trying to build up their own churches and organisations, we'll see a new breed of Kingdom-minded leaders, working together to accomplish God's purposes.
There's been talk of this for years, but now it's time for action, this year you will see this radical army arising.
The kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.
This is from Isaiah 45: "This is what the LORD says to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before him and to strip kings of their armour, to open doors before him so that gates will not be shut:
I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron.
I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name”.
The Revelation 4:1 Doors are Open
Recently I was reading a book about William Branham, a revivalist in America with a powerful ministry of healing and supernatural knowledge.
An angel would visit him from time to time. As I was sitting in bed reading about the angel, I asked the Lord for something similar.
I looked up and there in front of me, with my physical eyes I watched my wardrobe doors open and shut supernaturally for a few minutes.
I was so shocked I couldn’t move, but I asked the Holy Spirit what it meant.
I heard him say, “The Revelation 4:1 doors are open.”
In the last book of the Bible, John is in the Spirit and then he sees a door standing open in heaven and he hears a voice invite him to ‘come up here’.
The door is open and this year more people than ever will see that door and hear His voice calling them to Him. The door is Jesus and it’s time to go in. (see John 10:9)
So, Full of love as we see the resurrected Jesus as He really is, there will be many raised up this year of all ages, races and political persuasions, but they will come together like revolutionaries with one cause motivating them, that of King Jesus and His Kingdom.
Love and Courage will Increase
As fear increasingly grips the hearts of men and women in these last days, the courageous take heart.
Yes, there will be financial calamities and wars and uprisings and acts of terror increasing, but acts of love will increase all the more.
Perfect love casts out all fear.
What a time to be alive!