5778: GOVERNING GLORY STORMS — A YEAR OF APOSTOLIC ADVANCE
5778 (2018) is going to be a year of apostolic authority, sending and supernatural moves of glory! There is a convergence of glory and the apostolic happening in the realm of the spirit, bringing the glory of God together with governing authority and a rising apostolic paradigm. It is a year of the apostolos—a year of the sent and the sending! The gates and walls of authority are being re-established in the earth. There will be an increased emphasis on the apostolic office and anointing. It is marked in Heaven as an apostolic year!
The Coming Glory Storms
Recently I (Ryan) had a profound encounter with the Lord as He revealed to me new depths of His glory. As I was lying down to go to sleep, I suddenly had an inner-vision. I saw a tremendously large glory cloud coming into gatherings. I could see that as the cloud was moving and manifesting, the atmosphere and authority of Heaven was crashing down. As I looked into the cloud, I saw storm systems and then storms bursting forth from the cloud.
I saw amazing rainstorms carrying the rains of refreshing, renewal and revival. The Lord is sending these storms to soak the ground and transform the territory! I heard the Lord saying to me that sudden flash floods of revival are coming forth from the cloud. Dry places are about to be soaked!
"All the people perceived the thunder and the lightning flashes and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood at a distance." Exodus 20:18
Next, I saw violent eruptions of lightning and realms of power coming forth. The Lord showed me that there will be lightning strikes, igniting wildfires of revival! The lightning also represents flashes and bursts of revelation. Every move is fueled by revelation. There is coming forth sudden insights and heavenly impartations from the midst of the cloud. The lightnings of God shall strike and knock down sickness and disease. The lightnings shall electrify people and regions with infusions of divine power. The lightnings shall burst forth with power for mega deliverance.
"Out from the throne come flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder. And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God." Revelation 4:5
After this vision, I fell asleep and had a series of dreams about the glory storms and the cloud of His presence. In the first dream, I was ministering in a church, and the Lord asked me to share about the glory storms. The church was convinced that they knew and understood the glory realm. They were singing songs about the glory but it was out of ritual and routine. They had the language but not the presence. I told them that they needed to worship in the cloud, follow the cloud and get caught up in the cloud. They refused, so the Lord released me from that group. The Lord showed me that they were out of alignment and blinded by routine. The message here is that to move in the glory storms, it takes much more than the right language. It takes radical pursuit and obedience!
Then I had a second dream where I was at another church preparing to speak in a meeting after a well-known prophetic leader. After that leader spoke, I got up to share for a few moments on the glory storms and the cloud. People began a mass exit, totally uninterested in what I had to say. I was stunned! I inquired of the Lord about what was happening. He revealed to me that they were more interested in getting a prophetic word and receiving insight or information than hosting His presence.
I believe that this picture exposes some of the current prophetic movement...many want the revelation, the information, but are uninterested in His presence! The message of the cloud and the storms is one of presence and personal pursuit. There is a refocusing of prophetic ministry to be presence-based! Authentic prophetic declaration unlocks realms of His presence and calls people up higher. To really host the cloud demands pursuit and hunger.
In the same dream, there was a group following a particular person but they were very out of order and rebellious. I was so grieved that they would not listen. They ignored every instruction and refused any level of submission. The Lord began to show me that there was a breach of order in their alignment with the agenda and the person they were following. They were in the right place but not in the right order! It is absolutely vital that we are in the right position and the right office. There are breaches of office and grace taking place that hinder the move of God.
There are glory storms of fierce winds coming forth. These are winds of refreshing, winds of transition and winds of shift. These are the whirlwinds of Heaven that will supernaturally pick people up and place them in the proper ministry and geographical location! We must ride the winds that come forth from Heaven.
"Then the LORD will appear over them, and His arrow will go forth like lightning; and the Lord GOD will blow the trumpet, and will march in the storm winds of the south." Zechariah 9:14
The glory storms will unlock dimensions of power! The glory storms bring sudden reordering and restructuring. As the rain comes forth, the seed is watered and divine growth occurs! Seed that has been lying dormant springs to life.
"But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves." 2 Corinthians 4:7
The Lord is raising up people who carry the atmosphere of the cloud with them! As they speak what they have heard and seen, the dimension of glory will come forth in power and demonstration. They are literally speaking from another dimension. Their language is different because it came from the glory! They will carry an unusual atmosphere around them. These are the glory carriers!
The Days of Noah and the Storms of Glory
There are storms coming, storms of glory, that will change the spiritual climate over regions. A climate is generally defined as the weather conditions that prevail in an area over a long period. As the glory comes, we will see places and regions that had a climate of barrenness become regions of birthing. Places that have been like a desert will become places of refreshing and renewal. As the storms come, there will be lightnings of deliverance released. In the glory, deliverance is not a process, it is immediate. There is an acceleration in the glory.
As Jesus saw satan fall like lightning from Heaven, we will see the captives set free speedily in the glory (Luke 10:18). We must be prepared to steward the glory. We must prepare our hearts to receive the light of the knowledge of the glory in the face of Jesus. There is great grace for great glory that is being released in this hour.
I (Jason) believe this grace is an apostolic grace (divine empowerment) to build, pioneer, and father in the glory. We will see strategies and structures built that can steward these storms of glory to bring transformation to a region (Gen. 6:15). It is time for the apostolic fathers to rise up and release sons that will help build, guide, and govern in the glory. Among the earliest uses of the term "apostle" or "apostolos" were the Greek historians, who used it to describe an admiral over a fleet of ships sent out by his king to establish his government in new territories.
As we look at the word picture associated with this upcoming Hebraic year of 5778 (Ayin Chet), we will see that it is a picture of a wall or fence. Walls and fences are structures that are built-up to protect what is inside. There is a building up of apostolic houses and centers that will govern, guide and guard the glory that is being released in the glory storms. These centers will be places of justice in the sight of injustice. They will be places of righteousness in the midst of unrighteousness. Mercy will be the currency and truth will be the constitution (Ps. 89:14).
The hammer that was used for building will become the gavel that is used to govern and guard in the glory. Chet is the 8th letter of the Hebrew alphabet and carries the numerical value of eight. The letter Chet is used to form the Hebrew word Chen which means Grace. This word is used in the Scriptures when Noah found grace (chen) in the sight of the Lord (Gen. 6:8). Noah is a picture of an Old Testament apostle. He was the first admiral of a ship. Some key attributes of the apostolic advance are building, pioneering and fathering. Noah did all three. He built an ark and an altar, he pioneered in the outpouring, and he did it with his sons (Gen. 6:9, 14. Gen. 8:20).
As we look at the days of Noah we can glean insight into the days ahead. We are in the days of Noah.
"But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be." Matthew 24:37-39
In the days of Noah, the land was filled with violence and injustice (heb. chamac "hamas", Gen. 6:11). In the days of Noah, they were busy with routine (Mt. 24:38). In the days of Noah, they couldn't discern the time (Mt. 24:39). In the days of Noah, the deluge came to destroy all flesh (Gen. 6:13). In the days of Noah, the waters lifted up the ark (Gen. 7:17). In the days of Noah, he walked faithfully with God (Gen. 6:9).
The Lord is raising up the Noahs in this hour that will be able to steward the storms of glory that are coming. The land is to be filled with the knowledge of the glory as the waters cover the sea (Hab. 2:14). When a land is filled with violence, it is void of glory.
The Noahs will be able to discern the time and the seasons, to release strategies, and build by faith when no one else will build. They will walk in obedience and endure the mockers and scoffers who say it is foolish to prepare for an outpouring of glory. The glory storms will separate and elevate the Noahs. The Noahs will come out from among the old wineskin structures to build vessels that can steward the glory. They will be separated from those who walk after the flesh and are not lead by the Spirit. No flesh can glory in the glory storms of the Lord.
Just as the waters lifted up the ark, the glory will elevate true Kingdom vessels. Noah's name means rest. In the glory, we can build, pray and see miracles happen without striving. There is a resting that is released in the glory. All needs are met in the glory. The clouds are rolling in, the sounds of thunder are clapping, and lightning is flashing across the horizon. There are storms coming, storms of glory, and it is time to prepare!
"Therefore he said unto Judah, Let us build these cities, and make about them walls, and towers, gates, and bars, while the land is yet before us; because we have sought the LORD our God, we have sought Him, and He hath given us rest on every side. So they built and prospered" (2 Chronicles 14:7).
~ Ryan LeStrange, Pastor & Founder
Impact International Ministries/Ryan LeStrange Ministries