That which is giving way—that which is crumbling—that which seems to be falling apart—is not doing so simply because of man’s sin or the enemy’s attacks. These seismic shifts that are occurring in the landscape of our culture are happening because there is a river that is flowing stronger and stronger in the land.
It is the river of the Spirit of God. It is a movement of supernatural life, vision and purpose that is flowing stronger and stronger from heaven’s high places because of the hunger-filled prayers of His people. It is alive and active, coming in full force, eroding all that is of the flesh and refining all that is of the Spirit.
The Lord showed me in 2015 that a flood of the Holy Spirit was going to hit the organizational church in such a dramatic way that the entire foundation of which many have placed their faith will give way:
I saw the water level rising so fast in the basement of the church that I had to grab others to get out. It came pouring in from the bottom floor, a wall of water that was rising up from the earth, moving at a speed that was unnatural. It came up the steps, and we had to quickly leave the building before going under. I had been in the library studying my journals and books and had to leave them behind.
As soon as I got outside, I saw all the people from the church gathered together at the side of the building. They were standing on a small hill to my left on a huge rock. The entire hillside was one big rock that they were standing on, looking up. Something had caught their attention, and they were looking together at what was taking place. Something was coming, something was shifting, and they were watching and waiting.
As I look back to the church behind me, I hear something. Then I see the large brick building starting to shift. As the water now begins to pour out from beneath, one entire section to the right of the building collapses (where the library was). As soon as it collapsed, the middle section next to it also caved in from the crumbling foundation. Then the third and final section to the left of the tall brick building fell as the earth gave way. In a matter of seconds, the entire structure was gone.
The water is the rising river of the Holy Spirit addressing the foundations of people’s lives and our understanding of what “church” is. All that has been built on man’s efforts and ideas is giving way to something greater. All that is of the earth, short-lived and lacking power, is giving way to that which is eternal. It is causing the man-made walls of achievement, pride and reputation to fall and collapse.
The library represents those things we have held onto from our past that have become idols. These will be the first things to go! Even our own experiences, personal encounters and pet doctrines can limit our spiritual perceptions if we try to hold onto them as memorials. He is challenging us to let go of that which we are trying to hang on to in order to receive a fresh impartation of His purposes that have been recorded in heaven (see Ps. 139:16).
Our cultural landscape is in major upheaval. That which we thought was secure is giving way. Practices and principles of dead religion and systems of worldly origin are crumbling and falling because of the rising river of God’s Spirit. We must have eyes of the Spirit to perceive what He is doing and make sure we are standing on the Rock if we don’t want to be swept away by this coming flood of His glory and power. The small hill in the dream represented that which is rising up in the Spirit. He is establishing and building the mountain of the Lord as the foundation of all kingdom rule, and He is inviting us to join Him there. Though we are called to influence other mountains of our culture, it is from this mountain of the Lord that we will have the clarity of vision and strength of purpose to rule and reign with Him on the earth. It is from this mountain that the rising ecclesia will emerge as cultural transformers and kingdom ambassadors.
“It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be lifted up above the hills; and all the nations shall flow to it” (Isa. 2:2, ESV).
Pay attention to the currents and direction of the Spirit. Listen for the sound of the Spirit’s activity. Watch for those things which are crumbling and determine to take your stand on the Rock, which is the living Word. He is not a handbook of principles, but a person of power and influence, daily moving and speaking on His Father’s behalf. Gather with others to watch and listen so that we can rightly discern together what He is saying and where His Spirit is leading. Man-made foundations may crumble, but that which is of the Spirit will last.
Our security is not in an organization, a building, a network or even our history. Our security is in Christ and the promise of His kingdom rule and reign of which we are heirs. Regardless of the erosion and crumbling around us, the uprising is being driven by His Spirit—and no one can stop it.