As we endure the trials of this life, it is easy to lose sight of the awesome day ahead when we will see the Lord Jesus returning in the clouds, but God does not want us to lose sight of our hope because He has a great purpose in everything we are enduring now, which is to prepare us for that day. His purpose extends far beyond us to include the whole Church because we are part of a living body, all of us joined together as one body of the Lord with Him as the head.
He is not returning for the watered down, compromised, sleeping Church we see today. Those flaws are evident for all to see, proving we are not yet ready for His return, but we will be because He has already determined to make us ready. He has already started implementing His plans to bring us to the place of completion, shaking out all impurities until all that is left is the spotless Church in all of her glory. (Ephesians 5:26–27)
All who are in Him are part of this great work and many others who are not yet in Him will soon become part of it too. Although we have a ways to go yet, I believe God wants us to step back from our zoomed-in perspective where all we see is our individual lives and our imperfections, so we can catch a glimpse of what He sees ahead, the bigger picture, His plans for everyone who is led by His Spirit, because even though we might lose sight of it, God has never lost sight of it. I believe He wants us to see what He sees so we can be filled with strong endurance to overcome whatever trials come our way.
We are being carried by a mighty strong current that knows precisely where it is going. The same God who brought us out of darkness into His marvelous light, the same God who delivered us from the power of the evil one when we were completely lost, the same God who started a good work in us did not bring us this far to leave us now, but He will surely carry us the rest of the way, completing what He started, until the day we are joined together with Him face to face, stepping out of these perishable bodies into new glorified bodies that can never die or wear out.
God’s plans for us are amazing, but before we can reach the finish line, we have some cleaning up to do, just like anyone would do in preparation for their wedding day. In the eight-minute video shown at the bottom of this post, Apostle Ryan LeStrange presents a word from God revealing His plans to prepare us for the glory to be revealed in the days ahead. Ryan saw God releasing cleansing streams and teaching streams that will wash us with the water of His word and bring us into a greater level of authority.
The following text provides a transcript of Ryan’s message.
“I hear the Lord saying this, ‘I am releasing cleansing streams over My people. The Ecclesia (Church) is being refreshed and renewed for greater glory.’
I believe God is bringing refreshing and renewal through the streams of heaven for greater glory. I believe this glory is the glory of authority and kingdom reign. The rain clouds are coming in to establish us in ruling and in reigning.
Streams of Repentance:
I believe God is releasing streams of repentance, streams of cleansing. I believe the Lord is releasing streams of refreshing. I believe this is a time when the word of the Lord is coming to His servants and calling them unto repentance. I believe in the body of Christ, this is a set time of repentance. This is a set time of getting things right under the reign of God, under the streams of cleansing that are being unlocked in this hour.
‘His voice was like the sound of many waters; and the earth shone with His glory.’ (Ezekiel 43:1–2)
Out of the voice of the Lord, it was like many waters. There were streams in the voice. I hear the Lord saying, ‘The streams are coming out of My voice. I am speaking to My people in this hour and I am releasing My voice to call you out of bondage, to call you out of captivity, to call you out of deception.’
The multi-faceted voice of the Lord is unlocking the streams of the Lord and releasing the glory of the Lord. One of the streams I saw coming forth is the stream of repentance. This is interesting because repentance is a gift. Acts 3:19 says, ‘Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.’
After repentance, after cleansing, there is an outpouring, and I believe there is outpouring destined for the people of God, but often the cleansing precedes the outpouring. The Lord is inviting us into the streams of cleansing.
Streams of Teaching:
Another stream I saw (in addition to) the stream of repentance, the stream of cleansing, I saw streams of teaching. I thought, “Lord, what am I seeing?”
The Lord said, “There are streams of teaching coming forth.”
God is going to sanctify the Church, cleansing her by the washing of water with the word, so He can present to Himself the church in all of her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. (Ephesians 5:26–27)
That is not just an adjective for the sake of drama, but that is a literal description of what the people of God are to look like. Out of the glory comes the government of God. Out of the glory comes the voice of the Lord. He said He wants to wash the church through the water of the word. When the word of God is unlocked and released over you, it cleanses you, it refreshes you.
And He said, ‘The result is there is a glorious church, a church that is filled with glory.’
The kabod, the heavy weighty glory of God is in the midst of His people, the shekinah, that glory cloud, that supernatural throne room presence is in the midst of His people. As the word goes out, the written word of God is unlocked and it brings cleansing. It brings healing. So, I see the Lord releasing streams of teaching.
And He said He will present a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that it (the Church) should be holy and without blemish.
The Lord began to say to me, ‘Right teaching will unlock right thinking.’
Then I began to see a vision. I began to see governmental pillars, or foundations, to hold up kingdom structures. I asked the Lord, ‘What am I seeing?’
The Lord said, ‘There is a release of teachers in this hour to fuel the strengthening and the emerging of ecclesia outposts.’
I saw ecclesia outposts. You know, when a military band invades a territory, they often make an outpost. They take a territory, then they put an outpost there. Then they fortify it, then take a territory and they put an outpost. I saw the ecclesia outposts, places of authority, places of governmental authority in the earth, but it was the teaching, it was the revelation of the word of God, those streams of teaching that were fueling the rise and were literally the pillars holding up these ecclesia outposts.
Then the Lord began saying to me, ‘These ecclesia outposts in the teaching ministry are going to unlock the realm of authority.’
He said there is authority over sickness to be unlocked. I saw authority over false mindsets being established, that God is going to release the teachers to renew the corporate mind of the body of Christ to bring us into a kingdom understanding, to bring us into kingdom thinking. Then I saw what I call confining theology being shattered by right teaching, theology that has held us captive, theology that has held us in bondage, wrong teaching, wrong thought processes, wrong theology being shattered by the streams of teaching. And I believe God is unlocking and releasing streams of teaching in this hour.
There is a full release of the revelation of Jesus that He wants us to birth. You know, Revelation says the spirit of prophecy is the testimony of Jesus. I believe there is a full release of the revelation of Jesus. The prophetic spirit is a revealing of Jesus. When prophetic anointing and prophetic unction flows, it is a revelation of Jesus. Prophetic worship reveals the heart of Jesus. A prophetic word reveals the heart of Jesus. Prophetic preaching reveals the heart of Jesus. Prophetic teaching reveals the heart of Jesus.
I believe there is a revealing in these streams of the Lord Jesus. There is a revealing of the expression of the man with the eyes of fire.
Then I believe the Lord showed me the threefold governing structure being established in His people. What is that? It is the structure of the apostles and prophets and teachers. They are empowered to release, to reveal, to restore, and to renew the ministry of Jesus in the earth, the threefold governance of apostles, prophets, and teachers.
There is a cleansing and renewal for the people of God. And so I sense this is the season. Don’t be surprised if we see ministries being cleansed. Don’t be surprised if we see false teaching being cleansed. Don’t be surprised if we see some false prophetic operations being cleansed. The Lord is doing these things to bring us into the glory, to bring us into the times of refreshing. So, look for these cleansing streams.”
Author: James Bailey
James Bailey is a blogger, business owner, husband and father of two grown children. In 1982, he surrendered his life to the Lord Jesus Christ. In 2012, he founded Z3news.com to broadcast the message of salvation by reporting end time news before it happens.
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