This is not a new season. It is the first season of a new era. The shaking around us isn’t over. It’s going to be a long winter. But for many, the time of preparation and stripping away is almost complete. You are ready to step into the new. The sifting and shaking will make way for an awakening. You will see the greatest outpouring of His Spirit and demonstration of His power.
Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His Word.
SHAKING: Many of our old certainties have been shaken to the core. The virus, racial tension, natural disasters, storms, Afghanistan, supply issues, growing division, deepening distrust. Our familiar foundations are crumbling and we are discovering that there is only one sure and certain foundation – Jesus.
The disruption will continue. The birth pangs will intensify. The ‘disasters’ will increase. It will appear as if darkness is winning, but the providential purposes and plans of the Lord are simply unfolding before our eyes.
EXPOSURE: God is removing the cover on deception, duplicity, and darkness. In every realm, from politics to the church, to entertainment, things that have been hidden are coming to the surface. ‘Celebrities’ who we idolized or put on a pedestal are being exposed.
This will continue. Prepare to be shocked at what will come to the surface in the months ahead. Exercise discernment and don’t be overly impressed by what you see on a superficial level or on social media.
SIFTING: Jesus is sifting His church. There is a separation and division taking place between the sheep and the goats, the wheat and the tares, the genuine and the fake.
God will no longer tolerate a ‘show’ in His name. Performance and pretense must be replaced by presence and purity. Leaders who seek the Spirit of the Lord more than the spirit of the age are emerging. The church of entertainment is gone. His house will be called a house of prayer.
REPOSITIONING: The Lord is strategically moving and positioning His people for effectiveness in the next season. Some of this will be geographical, some of it will be into different areas of ministry, some of will be into jobs and platforms of influence within the culture. Some who had settled and were planning to stay in your current place for a long time will be suddenly uprooted and relocated.
The Father is also revealing and bringing to prominence a new generation of leaders. In recent days many of the previous generation of generals have been promoted to glory. The Father has been preparing young men and women in obscurity. They will emerge suddenly and take their place with great spiritual authority.
REALIGNMENT: There is a significant realignment of relationships taking place right now. You may discover that your close friendship circle is going to look very different than it did just two years ago. Your inner circle has changed. Relationships that were easy will become strained. God will bring along new alignments for your next assignment.
On a broader scale, many long-standing partnerships and connections are fracturing, even in ministry. They simply no longer work. Old wineskins can’t contain new wine. New alliances and collaborations will be formed. These will bring freshness, relational energy, and abundant resources for future effectiveness.
PURIFYING: There is a stripping away of that which defiles or brings dishonor to the Lord. Standards of holiness, character, and integrity are non-negotiables. Jesus is giving us a new revelation of Himself as the Lion of Judah. He wants to manifest His glory among His pure, spotless bride.
You may find yourself feeling convicted by the Spirit for things that you used to “get away with”. You will feel discomfort in places where are used to feel at home. There is a call for greater levels of prayer, intimacy, repentance, fasting, and private devotion.
PREPARING: God is setting the stage for the greatest move of His Spirit we have ever seen. He is equipping, purifying, and preparing His people. He is removing props, dismantling structures, and demolishing idols. Darkness will be permitted to intensify for a season. In the midst of great hopelessness and despair, He will make His move.
The great shaking will give way to an even greater awakening. It will not be confined to the church, nor can it be contained by religious structures. It will be a river of new wine spilling onto the streets, flowing into every corner of culture and strata of society. The church will rise up in her true authority. It will be a pandemic of Holy Ghost power with extraordinary signs, wonders, and miracles becoming commonplace.
RULING: God has not abdicated or vacated His throne. He rules in absolute authority and total supremacy over all of history. Everything is moving towards the end that he has predetermined. This is all in The Book.
One day, darkness will be vanquished. Evil will be eradicated. His perfect justice, righteousness, and judgment will prevail. The wicked will be held to account. So, take heart. No matter how things might appear, all of humanity will bow at the feet of Jesus.
And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”
At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken – that is, created things – so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”
There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.
He said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’”
This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous….
Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.
Written by Craig Cooney
This is an updated edition of a post originally published on Daily Prophetic