House churches! Where do we stand right now globally?
What is God up to regarding house churches? What strategies are to be followed when it comes to house churches? With this short post, I hope that I can shed some light on the situation we face across the globe right now.
Misunderstandings and misconceptions!
Across the globe, many Christians within the different house church communities hear and see a lot of what is going on right now in terms of the persecution of Christians, the global onslaught on religious freedom and also the latest trends regarding house church planting and house church structures. In many instances these trends and happenings are closely linked to each other, integrated with each other and influenced by each other. All these factors and influences dynamically change things and open doors for yet more changes to come. The diversion to house churches by the institutional church during recent years, because of persecution, is a very good example of this. The persistent pressure on churches and congregations to grow and expand in terms of numbers is another.
Church leadership constantly make important and proactive decisions in order to develop but also to protect themselves against the pressures that they are facing on a daily basis. Since world war two persecution levels has risen to very high levels in recent years. The degree of persecution in terms of severity also rose to devastating and unacceptable levels.
Because of this, when it comes to house churches and house church structures, I really do not believe that what we hear and see today is really what God is bringing into existence in the body of Christ. Adapting because of external influences has never been a good thing in the church of Christ.
House churches are not what we think it is
When people refer to house churches many different points of view come to mind. People sometimes say things and do things with the understanding that they are all on the same page regarding this subject. People are sometimes under the impression that everybody have the same understanding in terms of the definition of house churches and house church structures.
We look at house churches in China and other areas in the world that came into existence because of persecution and we think that these house church structures and these methods properly define the Biblical “Ekklesia”. The early church was also persecuted and maybe this influenced the early church to function similar to what we see today.
The same can be said for house churches that came into existence in the institutional church in the form of cell groups or small groups. Church leadership saw the need for this method of gathering and felt that it would bring them closer to what the early church experienced. In terms of a closer relationship among the members of the congregation when it comes to the shared community life, this was indeed an improvement and it certainly developed people.
The same can also be said for house churches planted by institutional church leaders institutional church style. Although these congregations gather in houses and although they are small communities, there is really not much difference between them and bigger congregations gathering in a building specifically built for this purpose. These people however feel that they brought back healthy intimacy and closer relationship among believers as it was during New Testament times.
We even see the so called “pure” or “authentic” house church movements all across the world and some people may think that these structures and methods properly define what God had in mind when he birthed the church in New Testament times.
My believe is that none of these structures and methods truly define what God is giving birth to in the body of Christ. These structures basically came into existence because of external influences, external pressure and internal needs. The Biblical Ekklesia was birthed by God irrespective of external influences and internal needs.
God is always working for the good of the church and always putting strategies in place in order to develop the church. He is constantly bringing restoration and constantly causing the church to grow, to expand and to develop.
It is a well known fact and a reality among many people who support house churches that the future of the church is the birth and development of the Ekklesia as it was in New testament times. Because of the Biblical principals governing the weekly gatherings of the Ekklesia, this is only possible within the authentic house church setting. The size of a congregation makes all the difference in the world. It always has been and still is the most important factor undermining church structures and church life in the church. We do not doubt this fact for a moment.
More and more people understand and accept the fact that the institutional church probably will not be able to change. If Martin Luther could speak to us today regarding this issue he probably would have told us that the institutional church will rather persecute than change. The institutional church has always been that way and it still is. Yet we have always and we will always give the institutional church the opportunity to change. It is always possible and it might just happen. Read the “About us” page as well as the bottom of the “Ons missie” page to see how I feel about this issue.
This is however not what this post is about. This post is about the current situation in the world relating to house churches.
The big transition
My personal opinion is that proper Biblical house churches do not really exist yet. We are currently in a period of transition. Many people who support house churches or who accepted the fact that real restoration is in the birth of the authentic Biblical Ekklesia, currently find themselves in this period of transition. For them it rather feels like they find themselves in the middle of a desert. Many are very confused and many have no idea why and what they are going through.
Many of those who are actively involved in the house church structures that I mentioned above are often very disappointed. Their experiences of house churches are often not what they envisioned.
House church planters are really struggling because of the many obstacles on this lonely road and because of the lack of interest among Christians. Many became dispirited and many gave up completely. In fact, many returned to the institutional church although they did not really want to.
Although confused, many people do understand that they have been called by God for this purpose and although the road is lonely, although they have to face many obstacles and although they lose heart sometimes, they do know and they do understand that they cannot give up. They know that they must allow God to shape them and prepare them for the next step of the restoration of the church that is about to take place.
A season of preparation and a season of equipping
The season of transition is fundamentally a season of preparation. God identified His servants and He called them, mostly from the institutional church, to prepare them and to empower them for this purpose.
These people are His prophets and His instruments of excellence! These people have been prepared for a time like this. Many of them have no idea what is coming. Many are going through difficult times of preparation and hardship. Many of them went through the initial preparation stages within the ranks of the house church structures that I mentioned above. Many have been in the desert since they left the institutional church.
The bottom line is that they all have been and are still being prepared for the real thing! They are willing and obedient instruments in the hand of God. They reported for duty and they are willing to allow God to fulfill His plan and purpose in their lives. No questions asked!
All of us have experienced and are still experiencing very difficult challenges and circumstances when it comes to planting Biblical based house churches. One of the biggest problems is that people are just not ready for house churches and they are just not interested in house churches yet. That is a fact. This makes things very difficult for house church planters.
My message to them is, “Do not lose heart”. We are not there yet. I am convinced that God is now busy with the preparation phases. He is developing and preparing His instruments, His servants, His Biblical based five-fold ministry and workers. When the proper time comes everything will change!
There will be no short cuts
This is one of the reasons why the workers of God need to undergo extensive training and why they all need to go through this intensive preparation phase. The institutional church did not and cannot prepare these type(s) of ministers. Training and development in the institutional church compared to house churches differ like night and day. People are just not able and capable of planting house churches the way God wants them to, unless He prepares and equip them for that. We need this training, preparation and development because there will be no short cuts when the Ekklesia is birthed.
We will not be able to plant house churches if we are not prepared and equipped for that in especially two areas of our faith walk with Christ. We will have to be spiritually developed in these two aspects in order to plant house churches correctly and effectively. I am discussing these two areas of development below. There really are no shortcuts in this respect. Without being spiritually developed in these two aspects you are bound to fail.
One seriously important disadvantage is the fact that the Gifts of the Spirit were never developed in the institutional church. Today, we as Spirit filled children of God actually have no idea what the Gifts of the Spirit really are! We haven’t really seen well developed Gifts of the Spirit in action yet. I think if we could see true and well developed spiritual gifts in action we would be very surprised and even shocked! It would be quite strange to us and we would not be able to handle it like we should. For this reason we need the proper foundation which only comes through proper preparation and proper Godly empowerment.
We really do not know what the Gifts of the Spirit really are! I am not exaggerating! It was never developed in the church of Christ accept for the early days. I think just after the apostles died the gifts of the Spirit rapidly ceased to exist. Paul warned the church against false apostles who will soon viciously resist the Gifts of the Spirit. That happened. Eventually the Catholic church literally put an end to it. For many years the gifts of the Spirit virtually did not manifest at all until the late eighteen hundreds. Although there were Holy Spirit revivals during the nineteen hundreds, even today, the gifts of the Spirit virtually do not exist. We have never even come close to the levels of New Testament times and that was only the start. It was supposed to develop even further. Up to now we only briefly scratched the surface. We really do not know much about the gifts of the Spirit. We have had quite a shallow experience since Pentecost. I am convinced that in the years to come we will see the gifts of the Spirit manifest in a way never seen before.
When it comes to the birth of the Biblical Ekklesia, we all know that this needs to change. I say again there will be no short cuts. The gifts of the Spirit need to be developed in the church before we will be able to plant authentic Biblical house churches. The church needs an absolute Godly reformation when it comes to this aspect of our faith and Biblical community life. Proper Biblical house churches cannot function correctly without the gifts of the Spirit. In fact it cannot function at all without the gifts of the Spirit. People think it can. This is why I really do believe that the true and authentic Ekklesia that complies with Biblical principles and requirements does not exist yet.
This brings me to the second major problem: The gifts of the Spirit cannot be developed unless the children of God have a very close and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. Again I say, there are really no short cuts. People need to turn their backs onto religion and embrace Christ alone. Without an all important very intimate love relationship with our heavenly Bridegroom, the gifts of the Spirit just cannot develop in us. I have written a post in Afrikaans, “Wat is ‘n Jesus bediening?” about this serious problem. You need to read this to really understand this problem.
Many Christians and even church leaders are under the false impression that the love that we experience when we get together is enough. Isn’t this the most important aspect of all, the love that we have for each other? Of course love is very important! Of course the gifts of the Spirit need to be built on the foundation of love, however, love can never replace the work and the moving of the Holy Spirit. The gifts of the Spirit is God (Holy Spirit) in action. That is why the Bible clearly tells us how our gatherings should be conducted:
1 Corinthians 14:26
How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
The word love is not even present in this verse. The gifts of the Spirit are! Does that mean love is not important? No, love is very important because without love the gifts of the Spirit will not be effective. Does this mean love should replace the gifts? Absolutely not! When you prevent or block the gifts of the Spirit you are actually preventing the Holy Spirit from working in the congregation! Never make the mistake of thinking that love can replace the Holy Spirit in our meetings because it cannot.
What we see today in terms of house church networks and structures are merely the result of the factors that I mentioned in the introductory part of this post. I do believe that these diversions did carry the approval of God and I do believe that He used it as initial preparation tools in order to prepare us for the real thing that He, I believe, soon will give life to.
I believe as soon as God completed this phase of preparation, this transitional period will make way for a new season. This will be a season of a new birth and newness in the body of Christ. This is what God showed Lana Vawser recently regarding this aspect:
I AM TRAINING YOU MY PEOPLE IN EXCELLENCE LIKE JOSEPH AND DANIEL. THE FAVOR I AM NOW INCREASING OVER YOUR LIFE IN THIS TRAINING WILL CAUSE THE WORLD TO TURN ITS HEAD AND NEW SIGNIFICANT DOORS OPEN TO YOU…
Recently the Lord spoke to me regarding this season we are in as the body of Christ. I felt Him say “I am training you My people, in excellence like Joseph and Daniel. The favor I am now increasing over your life in this “training”, will cause the world to turn its head.”
I saw the people of God in “new vineyards” and they were tending the vines, they then collected the fruit and brought in the ‘harvest’. Their baskets were plentiful. In each “stage” of the process I saw Jesus with them and training them in EXCELLENCE. He was teaching His people how to steward with integrity, with love, purity, tenderness and care. He was developing humility, strengthening root systems and perseverance.
EXCELLENCE IS NOT STRIVING; PERFECTIONISM OR PERFORMANCE..
Jesus was being very intentional in defining excellence, that it was not striving, performance or perfectionism, but it was rooted in a life of intimacy. Knowing who He is, living in the deep revelation of His goodness and nature and EVERYTHING that His people put their hands to, is worship.
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17)
I watched as Jesus taught His people in EVERY AREA of their influence to be INTENTIONAL. To be PRESENT. To steward and to go the “extra mile”, “above and beyond” in grace, empowerment of the Spirit and integrity.
STEWARD THE NEW – THE JOSEPH’S, DANIEL’S AND ESTHER’S ARE ARISING IN GREATER INCREASE AND FURTHER INTO THEIR GOD-GIVEN POSITIONS OF INFLUENCE – IT IS YOUR TIME OF INCREASED MEASURE AND EXTENSION.
I then heard the Lord say “My people you have been stewarding in the darkness. You have been learning to steward in the caves. I have now brought you out into the “new vineyards” and I am teaching you to STEWARD THE NEW. What you have learnt in the caves, has prepared you to now be trained at a higher level. You are being positioned as Kings and Queens in your area and mantle of influence. I am now training you in excellence like Joseph and Daniel and the world is going to turn it’s head towards you as My favor is released over you and your life. The spirit of excellence I am developing in and through you will attract the Kings and Queens of the earth to you, and you are about to be promoted and increased. Get ready for significant doors to open in the seven mountains, to move in like Daniel and Joseph and bring life giving wisdom and insight to shape people, cities and nations. Now is the time! The time is not ‘nigh’, the time has arrived. It’s now! It’s now! It’s now! Your time in the caves and dark nights of the soul have prepared you for such a time as this. The Joseph’s, Daniel’s and Esther’s are arising in GREATER INCREASE and FURTHER into their God-given positions of influence. It is their time of INCREASED MEASURE AND EXTENSION. This has been the season of governmental anointings being awakened and released and this is about to INCREASE.”
NEW DIVINE HANDSHAKES
I saw “DIVINE HANDSHAKES” taking place all over the world. God is setting up new divine agreements, new ventures, new partnerships and networks – that are going to release His Glory and LOVE into the earth in NEW creative, INCREASED ways that will SHOUT the EXCELLENCE and BEAUTY of Jesus.
“My people are FURTHER taking their place as the “light of the world”, the “cities on a hill”, releasing My Glory and My creativity. Witty inventions, strategies to do life with excellence, abundance and prosperity of heart and soul are about to be released in INCREASE through the further favor filled positioning of My people. My people are about to LEAD cities and nations in greater ways than has EVER been seen before.”
“Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has shown you all this, there is none so discerning and wise as you are. You shall be over my house, and all my people shall order themselves as you command. Only as regards the throne will I be greater than you.” And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.” (Genesis 41:39-41)
“Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him…” (Daniel 6:3)
Whatever your “sphere of influence” the Lord has you placed in right now, the Lord is about to increase you, promote you and accelerate you in favor as you surrender and submit to His process of learning to steward all He has given you with deeper intimacy, humility, integrity and excellence.
I felt the Lord saying that it is going to become apparent in this season those who have stewarded with excellence and integrity, and those who have walked in compromise and complacency. The Lord’s heart for His people are for ALL to be AWAKE, PRESENT and moving in EXCELLENT. The invitation is before us all in this season. Give Him your YES in this EXCELLENCE training. He will give you grace upon grace upon grace to be present, intentional and excellent. Weariness will fall away and tidal waves of refreshment will strengthen you. Every area of your life will flourish with new fruit, increase and resurrection life AS YOU SAY YES!
OPPORTUNITY IS GOING TO MARK YOUR SPHERE OF INFLUENCE
OPPORTUNITY is going to MARK your sphere of INFLUENCE and open doors to you in this season that you could NEVER imagine. Where the enemy and doubt has been screaming at you “the rest of this year is going to remain dark and hard, the Lord is decreeing over you that the rest of this year is going to be BRIGHT and FULL as the spirit of excellence manifests through you and opens doors of favour and increase to you that you have NEVER imagined. (Ephesians 3:20)
Steward with intentionality, excellence, purity, integrity and humility your day to day life and routines from the place of rest and worship to Jesus and hold onto your hat…
For this beautiful adventure ride with Jesus is about to pick up speed again and become a lot more fun and exciting!!!
– Lana Vawser
House churches need to stand in the gap
The Lord recently showed me that His servants need to stay focused in order to be prepared and equipped. The time is fast approaching for them to stand in the gap for the institutional church. They will have to be prepared and ready because the collapse of the institutional church is iminent.
He showed me that the institutional church will lose the appeal that it currently enjoys among Christians. I saw something like a concert on a very professional and well prepared stage. It was just beautiful to watch. The way that this concert or performance was conducted was really good and I could see that people really enjoyed it. Although I supernaturally knew that this symbolized the institutional church in action, it really did not look like a church and it did not look like a gathering of the saints. It looked more like a theater and it looked like a concert.
After watching this for a few minutes I was supernaturally (wisdom) required to look down to the floor for exactly three minutes. After the three minute period came to an end I was required to look up again. When I looked up I discovered that literally everything disappeared from the stage. I could only see the three bare walls and the bare wooden floor of the stage. All the lights, the instruments and all the theatrical property were all missing. Nothing was left on the stage. It was like an empty house with absolutely no furniture, no curtains, or anything else.
Immediately after everything disappeared, the clergy of the institutional church and the members of the congregation that were with me were all absolutely dumbstruck. They looked at me with bewildered eyes in absolute amazement. They all had the same questions written on their faces as they looked at me, “What happened?” “Where is everything?” It was clear that they did not expect this to happen and that they were totally confused, shocked and shaken. I supernaturally knew that God removed the appeal that the performance based programs of the church have on people.
I do not know what the “three minute” time period represents but the performance based programs of the church as we now experience on Sundays will disappear when this period comes to an end.
One explanation is that a “three minute” period represents twenty five months (just over two years) according to “Divinecoders” (www.divinecoders.com). Even if this explanation is correct, I do not know when this time period will start or what it really represents. I also do not know what is going to happen to the institutional church. I however do know that when these things happen, everything will change. God will bring into existence what He planned all along through His prophets and His workers of excellence.
Although Christianity is the fastest growing religion in the world, the Institutional church is already rapidly shrinking. Right at this moment the Church of England is considering closing 16,000 church buildings. They plan on opening these churches only on Christmas and Easter and some other important holidays. Read all about that in the post, “Institutional Church shrinking rapidly“
Religion will not play a major role anymore. An authentic relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and the Ekklesia will be a reality once again, just like God intended when the New-Testament church was birthed in the days of the apostles. Reformation within the church will never stop. The right focus will be restored. it is just a matter of time.
God revealed to me that the greatest reformation that will take place will be the restoration of relationships. First the intimate love relationship with Christ and then the relationships with our brothers in the body of Christ. This will lay the foundation for the Gifts of the Spirit and also the Fruit of the Spirit to be restored in the church and in the kingdom of God.
I could see how a basket which contained a fruit salad with olives were handed over to His anointed ones. I could see that it was handed over to them by people who did not want it. To them this fruit salad with the olives was a bit disgusting. They did not like the taste of it. The anointed ones were amazed and astonished as to why these people did not enjoy the fruit salad. They gladly took it from them. It is exactly their willingness to embrace the Gifts of the Spirit that will change everything. This will play a major role in terms of the strategies of God and the development and spiritual growth of the church.
Please read this word from Lana Vawser about this aspect:
THE LORD IS LEADING MANY INTO A NEW ‘STRATEGY SPACE’ FOR THE DOORS INTO NEW REALMS THAT ARE NOW OPENING UP.
For quite a while now I have been seeing the ‘shifting of gears’ over the body of Christ, where the Lord is bringing changes and in some circumstances a change of focus regarding destiny direction. Many have been “feeling it coming” in the sense of that almost “unsettled transition” feeling, but not yet “seeing” the doors open to what this “change” actually is.
These “doors into new realms” and “change” are literally beginning to open up. The Lord is about to highlight and confirm in supernatural ways the new ‘realms’ that He is taking many of His people into in this season.
I kept hearing the words “I am singing RISE and SHINE” and the sense of the Lord singing over you that a new morning and new day is upon you, but it is also a season of stepping into greater realms of your destiny and shining in that area. (Isaiah 60:1)
Many that have continued to embrace the fire and process of the Lord are about to find themselves in places of significant promotion and increased responsibility and influence for the Lord. There are new assignments that the Lord has been releasing all year, but they are now increasing significantly in their quantity, provision and manifestation.
As I watched the Lord handing out these new mantles they seemed so much bigger in size than the people He was handing them to. There was a sense that these ones have been prepared for “such a time as this”, their intimacy with Him was deep, and their character had been shaped significantly, but there was still the place of deep dependence needed upon the Lord at all times to function in this new anointing, and ‘grow up into knowing how to carry it’. He was birthing such a beautiful dependency in His people through these new mantles, not only in ‘growing up into them’ but also in the operation of them.
I saw the Lord take these ones into a new “strategy space”. These new assignments and mantles were nothing that they had stepped into before, so the “land” was completely foreign. I saw Jesus sitting at a table with these ones and He was laying out new strategies, He was teaching them the ‘new way’ and revealing deeper revelation of Scripture that would be needed to move in these new strategies. As He was sitting with them and training them the winds of acceleration were blowing STRONGLY around them. As the winds blew I saw angelic hosts standing all around and they were declaring “Welcome to the ACCELERATED HOLY SPIRIT BOOT CAMP”. The people of God were eating ‘scroll after scroll’ and impartation was FLOODING into them.
I heard Jesus speak to them “What would have taken years to learn in the natural is being downloaded in moments through My Spirit.” There was so much activation and revelation taking place it was like tidal waves. The strategies were at levels and manifestations that were completely new, but there was SO MUCH EASE and GRACE.
“Promotion! Promotion! Promotion!” buzzed all around the atmosphere like electricity. Such excitement and anticipation of what He was doing.
As this was taking place in the spirit, in the natural, the people of God were moving out into these new assignments in the earth with such grace, such ease, anointing, favour and royalty over them. Isaiah 22:22 “I will place on His shoulder the key to the house of David. What He opens no man can shut and what He shuts no one can open.” flooded all around. Where there was nervousness or fear of “I don’t know how to do this Jesus” as soon as they stepped in, all that the Lord is depositing in them in the secret place came FLOODING OUT as the anointing flowed.
New realms and doors bigger than you could imagine are about to open up to many of you, and you have been prepared for such a time as this. “As you go” KNOW that in your secret place you are in the Holy Spirit boot camp. Know that He has gone before you and goes with you. Let those roots of dependency upon Jesus go deep as you are called further and further out of your “comfort zone”. You are growing up into these new mantles and assignments and you will receive the impartation and revelation of the NEW STRATEGIES as you step in. You will see the Glory of God rise upon you and through you in ways you have NEVER imagined in these doors into new realms of influence. You will carry the insight, wisdom and witty inventions of the Lord that will begin to shape and change atmospheres, people, cities and nations.
– Lana Vawser
My intention with this post is to encourage the workers of God who have embarked on this lonely and difficult road. Do not give up and do not lose heart. I know that this is a difficult road with many obstacles. I know that you, like me, sometimes have to face difficult circumstances whilst you feel that you do not really know where you are going. Like me you sometimes wonder what you are being prepared for. This can be quite challenging.
I know many of you want some answers on all your questions regarding house churches and your faith walk with Christ. Many of you want some leading and some guidance. The truth is however that I and no one else can actually give you guidance. This whole thing is in the hands of God. He controls the church and He controls His servants. It is all between Him and you.
Just stay focused and just stay aligned with God and with the Holy Spirit. He will lead you into His perfect will in this regard. Do not look at circumstances and do not look at what appear to be failures. It is not failures at all. It is in fact building blocks and stepping stones. Do not lose heart when it comes to house churches. It is just that God is busy preparing His workers and also preparing the church for the next step. The next quotation by Lana Vawser just about sums it up.
A remnant moving out as compasses
A REMNANT IS NOW RISING THAT HAVE BEEN TRAINED IN THE CAVES
Recently the Lord spoke to me and He said “A remnant is now rising that have been trained in the caves.”
I saw two groups in this remnant. The first was those who the Lord had taken them into a cave for a season of deep hiddenness and a season of deep intimacy with Him. I then also saw a group of people who were hiding in caves because they were either out on the front-line and Jezebel has come after them full force and they have run for their lives and hidden in these caves. Some have been there a short time and some have been there a long time.
In those two ‘groups’ if you can call them that, I saw them as a remnant that the Lord has been working VERY deeply on in these caves. I saw that whether they were in the cave the Lord took them into or they were hiding in fear, there was a HUGE YES that was being released from their hearts. Despite what was going on, they were still crying out with a YES to Him to have deep intimacy with Him.
In the YES that they were giving to the Lord in their intimacy, that pure cry to simply know Him, to know His love, to know His presence, there has been a DEEP hunger for Jesus, despite the questions and what has been swirling around them for years and especially recently.
There was one MAJOR MAIN theme in this training and it was STEWARDSHIP!!!!!!! I saw the Lord teaching these ones how to steward His presence and Glory with such purity. How to steward HIS HEART with such care, such sensitivity and such integrity. Stewarding His presence, the revelation of His heart and His Word with such humility, character and integrity. There was a very deep purity of heart about these ones. They have often been rejected by man because of their devotion to Jesus, but they live in a place of such deep intimacy with Jesus, they really know what it is to walk with God. The lord has been protecting them for such a time as this. Some of them have begun to leave the caves and some of them are about to leave the caves. The KEY was learning to steward His presence and Glory with purity. From that place of pure stewardship the Lord has been preparing them to carry much more than they have ever carried.
There has been AMAZING teaching released into the body of Christ by AMAZING teachers on stewardship of His presence, our lives and gifting. This remnant is now being released to stand upon that foundation that has been so beautifully built by others and bring INCREASE to it. There is an IMPARTATION of the REVELATION OF STEWARDSHIP that God is about to release through them in a significant way to the body of Christ. Through them the trumpet is being sounded to the body of Christ ‘COME UP HIGHER’ not only in intimacy but in integrity of how we live our lives as believers.
In the caves He has trained them in how to steward their hearts and their character, and the Lord has been training them in spiritual warfare, not focusing on the enemy, but looking at Jesus and fighting from there. I saw these ones wearing cloaks that were purple and they looked very ‘weighty’ (in a good way) and I felt the Lord saying that in the training they have been awakened to their royalty.
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9)
They were not only awakened to their identity as royalty, but they live in the ever present deep convicting beautiful reality of the darkness that they once lived in, and how Jesus brought them out into His wonderful light. They are full of the praises to Jesus for the pure Gospel message, salvation and their hearts are full and burning with the message of the LOVE of GOD for all.
I noticed all the way around the bottom of their cloaks woven in gold John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He sent His One and only son”.
The bottom of their cloak was so long it went under their feet. Where I thought it would cause them to “trip”, I saw such strength in the hem of this cloak that it was if it was the very thing that was keeping them from stumbling. It was like a strong, thick foundation that was under their feet that kept ‘lifting them up’. It totally defied the natural of what would happen if we walked with the hem of a cloak under our feet, but it was clear to me that they were walking upon the foundation of John 3:16 INTERTWINED with the awakening of their identity in Him!!! The cloak was “weighty” because it also represented a weighty level of heavenly WISDOM that they carried from living in that deep place of purity in intimacy with Jesus.
This remnant is about to be strategically positioned to bring increase to the teaching of living in divine wisdom, receiving kingdom keys of strategy from the place of intimacy with Jesus and the reality that we have the mind of Christ.
DEEPLY FOUNDED AND ROOTED IN SCRIPTURE
As I looked at this remnant, I kept seeing the word “ENOCH” over them, and felt the Lord was likening this remnant to Enoch in Scripture. There are many Enoch’s across the earth right now, but I felt the Lord was highlighting this remnant, because they are coming out of the caves with the MESSAGE of admonition to the body of Christ to WALK FAITHFULLY with God.
“Enoch walked faithfully with God, then he was no more, because God took him away” (Genesis 5:24)
This remnant are HIGHLY sensitive to Jesus and what He is saying. They live deep in revelation and in the third heaven, they know what it is to live before the throne of God, and their encounters with Jesus are so detailed, beautiful and specific, there’s a very deep revelation of Jesus that they carry, and what He is wanting to do on the earth. They are hearing from heaven of what He is doing and what is to come.
There was a MAJOR EMPHASIS on this remnant and it was they were DEEPLY BIBLICAL!!! They were ROOTED DEEPLY in the Word. Their high level of sensitivity to Jesus and encounters were not something that was filled with mixture or deception, but they were ones that live deeply in the Word and stay in line with it.
THIS REMNANT IS NOW BEING POSITIONED
I saw this remnant now being led out of the caves by Jesus. The healing and breakthrough of fear has been broken off ones that were hiding in the fear. Both groups of this remnant were moving into their position now. Their time of intensive training in the caves were over. They are now moving out to release His Glory in new and fresh ways. They are moving in a new realm of creativity and the Glory of God is going to be released in such tangible, creative ways through this one that people in the world and in the body of Christ are going to stand and look at this remnant and say “I’ve never seen this!”, “What is this?” but they are being sent out by the Lord with a SPECIFIC TASK and that is to release IMPARTATION to the body of Christ and to lead them in a new direction and new way to see the manifested Glory of God released across the world in a fresh way. They are moving out as COMPASSES to the body of Christ.
This remnant is also about to find themselves positioned with some very significant culture shifting assignments and projects in the seven mountains to release the wisdom, strategy and revelation of God to them. Not only the heavenly insight but teaching people the importance of integrity and character alongside high level gifting.
THEIR POSITIONING IS AWAKENING THE BODY OF CHRIST TO ISAIAH 62:3
The nations will see your righteousness, And all kings your glory; And you will be called by a new name which the mouth of the LORD will designate. You will also be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD, And a royal diadem in the hand of your God. (Isaiah 62:3)
They are going to be used to awaken the Church to purity in intimacy and living lives of purity. They are going to reignite the call upon the Church for the world and the nations. They are being positioned to be part of awakening the body of Christ to her identity and the NEW NAME that has been given to us through Jesus.
The Lord is also placing them in strategic places of great favour and promotion to release a specific increase in acceleration of the revelation of intimacy and identity to get the body of Christ back on track in ways that they have ‘come off track’.
I also saw the Lord releasing this remnant almost like a set of DIVINE SPECIAL OPS. They were coming to release a breaker anointing against circumstances and the enemy that has come against the body of Christ so violently lately, they were going to come up ‘behind him’ without the enemy seeing them, almost like ‘stealth’ and were about to disarm some major operations of the enemy. Because of their DEEP “cave time” with Jesus they have learnt to be able to operate in any environment because of their intimacy with Jesus.
Wikipedia defines special ops as:
“Special operations (S.O.) are military operations that are “special” or unconventional and carried out by dedicated special forces and other special operations forces units using unconventional methods and resources. The primary goal is to achieve a political or military objective where a conventional force requirement does not exist or might adversely affect the overall strategic outcome. Special operations are usually conducted in a low-profile manner that aims to achieve the advantages of speed, surprise, and violence of action against an unsuspecting target.”
THERE IS A PROTECTION OF HEAVEN THAT IS BEING RELEASED OVER THIS REMNANT
I felt the Lord wanting to encourage this remnant that there is great protection, the protection of heaven over them. There is a mighty angelic army that has been assigned to them in this assignment the Lord is releasing them on because of the level of favour and anointing they will move in.
BEWARE OF JEALOUSY – There will be jealousy that will come towards them because others have been ploughing certain grounds for so long and now this remnant will enter with a ‘breaker anointing’ to crack things open for them and lead them into new levels of encounter with Jesus and fruitfulness in their land.
The enemy is going to attempt to link into the soul of many to try and twist what God is wanting to do through this remnant so others will see them coming as a “threat” to attempt to “steal their ground.” The enemy is going to attempt to DISTORT majorly concerning this but the Lord is sending this remnant to others in the body of Christ with a BREAKER ANOINTING to bring INCREASE to the ground, so it will be more FERTILE, it will have MORE FRUIT, they will release greater wisdom and strategy on how to STEWARD the land, and as a result there will be greater abundance, provision and fruitfulness. Tent pegs will be extended in significant ways and a breaker released to see His Glory increase and manifest in those lands in a whole new way.
MAJOR CONFIRMATION FROM GOD WILL FOLLOW THIS REMNANT
As this remnant rise up many will question them “what is this new thing that you’re carrying?”, “Is this even God?”, “This doesn’t fit my box”, “This is not like anything I have ever seen before”, but look past what doesn’t fit into your box. Be discerning, seek the Lord, but I saw there will be HUGE signs and wonders and confirmation that will confirm their intimacy with Jesus, their gifting, their words and confirm they are moving in PURITY and walking closely with the Lord and have been sent forth to release the NEW, to release the breaker anointing to take you and the land that you are stewarding to a whole new level.
– Lana Vawser
I really hope that this post brings a bit of clarity about the situation we are currently facing and the motions that we are currently going through within the global house church community of the world. For those of you who are really suffering in this regard and who really needs exhortation, please read the post, “Encouragement to the called“. It really is uplifting.
Please read the post, “Embarking on the most wonderful journey“. It tells you why the institutional church won’t embark on this incredible journey.
Recently I wrote a post called, “Why was the Azusa street revival so dynamic?” This post will give you an idea of what God is about to do within the house church communities of the world.
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