"God Says: Do Not Fear - I Am Building Goshen!"
By Nate Johnston
It Is an Hour to Crush the Enemy Under Your Feet!
Earlier in the year,
I had a dream where I was being pursued and chased by a demonic principality. In its wake, the earth was being stirring up into chaos, famine, financial recession and tormenting fear. I was running but it was hot on my tail, and I was doing everything I could
to dodge its grasp. I felt surrounded and hopeless; everything inside of me was feeling like this was the end, and life as we knew it was over.
Suddenly I heard the voice of the Lord say, "What are you running from? Do you not see what
I am doing in the earth right now? Do you not see through the storm? Do you not see through the chaos? And even in the war being waged at your doorstep, I am giving you eyes to see. The hour that is upon the Church is not an hour of fear, nor is it an hour
to run, but it is an hour to turn around, pursue the enemy on your tail, crush him under your feet and reveal My glory in the earth!”
An Apocalypse of God's Glory
That's when I heard this unusual word. The Lord
said, "For many would say that this is the apocalypse; but this is not the apocalypse of the world but the apocalypse of My revealing. This is the apocalypse of the revealing of My presence and My glory and of My sons and daughters in the earth.”
(The Greek word "apocalypto" means to "reveal"; "to uncover, lay open what has been veiled or covered up"; "disclose, make bare"; "to make known, make manifest." In this context, it signifies the revealing of Jesus!)
the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed." (Romans 8:19)
Three Cycles of Seven & the Shmita
After I woke up, I was praying into what I had just seen in the dream when the Spirit
came upon me. I saw three 7-year periods of time. Biblically, the number seven signifies perfection and completion. It is the divine will of God. The number seven is a cycle of time where things come to an end and new things begin again. I believe what I was
seeing was the 7-year cycles that would begin and end on Rosh Hashanah (the Head of the Year or the first of the year), which is the time of contemplation and celebration of a new Jewish year.
Interestingly, we just had two events collide
which were both the ending of a Jewish year and the ending of a Shmita cycle. A Shmita is the "Year of Release," which is more widely known as the sabbatical year – six years of toil (both spiritually and physically) followed by the Shmita, which is
a year of rest and completion, readying for the new.
"For six years you shall sow your land and gather in its yield; but the seventh year you shall let it rest [tishm'tenah] and lie fallow [u'nitashta], so that the poor of your people
may eat; and what they leave the wild animals may eat. You shall do the same with your vineyard, and with your olive orchard." (Exodus 23:10-11, emphasis added)
"In the Shmita year, debts are to be forgiven, agricultural lands to lie fallow,
private landholdings to become open to the commons, and staples such as food storage and perennial harvests to be freely redistributed and accessible to all." – Haberman Institute for Jewish Studies
I believe the Shmita prophetically
speaks of the Lord's protection from the devourer and His provision no matter what is taking place in the world.
Prophetic Cycles Broken Down
The first 7-year period I saw was from 2015 to 2022, which started at Rosh
Hashanah 2015 and ended on Rosh Hashanah 2022.
I saw that this cycle would be:
• a period of the Church being shaken
• a period where everything that could be shaken would be shaken
a time of intense resistance and delay against the new
• a time of exposure of the demonic assignments of Jezebel, witchcraft and religion
• a time of the wineskin bursting
• a period of the Church beginning to be sifted
• a period where God would shake every false thing from the Church, revealing the true Church and the remnant that had been waiting for this moment
• a time of pioneering
• a time of the Church shifting out
of old mindsets and into new ways of thinking
• a time of the heads of many snakes being exposed – snakes that had kept the Church in a box – where God would reveal them to cut them off once and for all
The second 7-year period I saw was from 2022 to 2029. I saw that this cycle would be a season for:
• repositioning, reawakening, engagement, mobilization and preparation
• the government of God and the
Church to step into its governmental role in the earth in many mountains of influence
• the Church to pull its head out of the sand and become a voice in the earth
• blueprints and strategies to be revealed
• building and
constructing what God has given the Church to build and construct – the vision and plans for coming years
• the Church to step into a time of unity, where brands will be dissolved and the powerless Church will crumble; where empires will
fall, making way for the Spirit-yielded Church to emerge with a powerful voice and roar in the earth
The third and final cycle that I saw was what the two previous cycles had been leading up to. This final cycle is the 7-year
• The clashing of kingdoms
• great enforcement of the enemy's agenda in the earth, and a time of greater glory
• hidden things and things done in secret no longer being kept hidden
the plots and plans of men possessed by the enemy emerging, where they will attempt to enforce and bring them into effect; but also a time of amazing favor, provision and ridiculous harvest
• God showing off His Bride in a powerful way
God's people not fearing the intimidation of the enemy (because while it looks menacing, I saw, clear as day, these giants and their plans falling)
. The enemy's plans coming undone, where he will overplay his hand which will lead right into the
harvest of harvests
The Mantle of Joseph
Then, a few days later, the Lord began to speak to me about the mantle of Joseph. He said to me, "Nate, in this hour, the mantle of Joseph is going to be released over My Church
and over My Bride. I'm going to call people into many different places of strategic influence.
"There are those that I'm going to use to prepare the Body of Christ for these times of great, global shaking. These are those that will
build and construct and gather for these times. And, just like when Joseph was in the prison and then was suddenly called to the palace, I'm going to do the same thing for many of those that I'm calling into this mantle – those that have been in a place
of imprisonment, a place of dormancy, a place of being stifled, and have been shut down and muzzled.
"But in a moment, I'm going to call them to strategic influence, because the pharaohs' of the earth (while not godly) recognize that they
need something, and they need someone who carries the Spirit of the living God and the wisdom to be able to get them out of the bind that they're in. And just like when Pharaoh called Joseph to the palace, I'm going to press on the hearts of pharaohs and earthly
kings, and they will search out these 'Josephs' and bring them into a place of influence in the earth.
"And these Josephs – they will carry the wisdom for this time. They will carry the insight and they will carry the know-how to
build and construct what needs to be built and constructed to defy and counteract the plans of the enemy, just as Joseph did in Genesis. He was able to interpret the dream of Pharaoh and see the seven years of plenty coming and the seven years of famine coming;
the seven skinny cows and the seven fattened calves.
"I'm going to use these Josephs to be able to prepare for what is coming, and they will build Goshen," says the Lord. "For right now, many around the world are in fear, and the Body
of Christ has been pushed into a corner and has been confused; [they] have lost their future and have lost the fight. They have been burying their heads in the sand and waving their white flag, but they need to know there is nothing to fear because their future
"Have I not already prepared it?" says the Lord. "Have I not already called these people into places of influence? You do not have anything to fear!”
The Lord would say, "You need to keep going
forward; you need to not stop. Why did your dreaming stop? Why did your plans stop? Why did you drop your mantle? Why did you drop your instrument? Why did you drop your pen? For you need to keep going forward, unafraid.
"I am paving and
clearing the way, right now. I'm shaking off and breaking off the fear and the survival mentality – that mentality that has been over the Church, that entered through years of shaking...the years of chaos and unrest. And I'm putting on them the mantle
of praise, and they're going to forfeit the spirit of heaviness," says the Lord.
For the Lord would say, "Right now I am building Goshen! So pick up your tools and your mantle and step back into hope, for the days ahead are your best days!”
What Is Goshen?
Goshen was a plot of land given to the Israelites from Egypt that bordered Canaan, which is prophetic of how we are in the world but not of it. It's the promise of Kingdom immunity and protection even amidst
worldly systems and famine and the fruit of sin. The name Goshen means "drawing near" and is a call to come out of the world, mixture and compromise, and to create a greater connection and dwelling with God.
"You shall live in the region
of Goshen and be near me – you, your children and grandchildren, your flocks and herds, and all you have." (Genesis 45:10)
Goshen is your promise of finally settling in the land God has given you after being a nomad for so long.
"Now the Israelites settled in Egypt in the region of Goshen. They acquired property there and were fruitful and increased greatly in number." (Genesis 47:27)
Goshen is the promise of being fruitful and increasing no matter
what is taking place around you. Goshen was the place where God made Israel into a great nation and it's where God will establish, plant and build you. Goshen was protected from the plagues of Egypt, which speaks prophetically of how we will be protected from
the storms and fluctuations of earthly governments and systems.
Goshen is a heart posture of intimacy and being set apart unto the Lord. Goshen speaks prophetically of territory and occupation in the enemy's camp. Goshen is an anointing
to be blessed and flourish in all seasons.
I Am Building Goshen!
Lastly, I just want to share what I keep seeing throughout this year. There has been this strong, sudden cry and call on the hearts of God's people
to build and establish "out of the box" gatherings, hubs and places. There has been a strong cry to get up, pack up and leave to find these places. People are readying their families to physically move locations so that they can sow their lives into these
places where God is calling many to build. Relocation is taking place; God is pulling people out of dead environments and into Goshen environments. They are being pulled out of places that are void of the prophetic decree, a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11)
and being put into places of vision, movement and action. They are coming out of the false and into authenticity.
Feet are stirring and beginning to move! Because of this, many have had blueprints drop in their laps and have been feeling
the pull to establish communities and places of God's presence. To these people, the Lord would say, "This is what I want you to build; I want you to build storm houses which will be a place safe from any storm." They will be like Joseph's storehouses, but
they will be storm houses, because they'll provide protection from the storm for many.
They will be the ones who not only prepare the Church in terms of financial provision, food and shelter – as well as safety from the things that
the enemy would try to shake in the days to come – but they will also be the ones who will disciple and raise up people to know how to be effective during these times. They will raise up an army of people who will fight back against the kingdom of darkness;
they will raise up a people who are effective in the times that they are living in.
Let Hope Fill Your Heart Once Again
At the beginning of this new Jewish year of 5783, Goshen is your promise of stepping into an epoch.
It is a time to be excited about, not dread like the news, media and many fear-mongering people. Fear has not helped you; it has BOUND you. But right now, the Lord is breaking the yoke of heaviness and despair that has been over you for so long. It's time
to let hope fill your heart once again, and to fill your sails with fresh wind to break out of the confinement you have been in. It's time to embrace the protection and provision of the Lord and confidently move forward, knowing that He is your breaker leading
the way for you (Micah 2:13), and your rear guard.
Soon you are going to look back on the last few years and not see confusion, painful heart healing, awkward confrontation and the failure and standstill in your previous plans. You will
see how much God was sneakily delivering you from wrong situations and relationships; outdated assignments; idolized doors and vision; limited mindsets; heart issues and trauma. You will see how He was untangling you from every web that had been wrapped around
you for years.
"Can't you see that I have been REBUILDING you?" says the Lord. "Now watch as, from this place, I lay the bricks of the movement I have always longed for you to see but that you couldn't while you still had your hand on
the old plow. So pick up fresh hope, shed the fear and build the years of Goshen with Me!"
By Nate Johnston
Nate Johnston is a prophetic voice and worshiper who has a heart to see sons and daughters unleashed into passionate friendship with God and an effective supernatural
lifestyle. Through his ministry school "Everyday Revivalists," he leads people from the basics of the Gospel through to being sent and released into their mission field, as well as championing and raising up emerging prophetic voices around the world. His
burning cry and desire is to see the Body of Christ become a beacon for the lost by raising up a generation that walks in the love and power of God, representing Him well. Nate and his wife Christy have three daughters, Charlotte, Sophie, and Ava and live
in Dallas, Texas.
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