I don’t spend time online looking for what people are saying, so all I pick up in the “wind of the prophetic” is what comes directly to me through people I know. Another prophesy I have now seen twice is the “cloud the size of a man’s hand, coming out of the sea” that Elijah originally saw on Mount Carmel, when he had destroyed Baal worship and ended the drought brought about by Israel’s idolatry. (Read the story in 1 Kings 18).
A couple of years ago the Lord showed Andrew Baker of MakeWay Ministries a “small cloud coming out of the sea,” just as in the Elijah story, and spoke to him about an outpouring that was on its way. Just recently Chuck Pierce had a similar word; but this time the message was not just that the rain is on its way, but that we should run towards it. Referring to the door in Heaven that was standing open (Rev. 4:1), Chuck says (paraphrased by Jake Dominy, who sent it to me): “When you see the door open, run and look again. Run and look. You will see a cloud forming the size of a man’s hand. Run towards it. Run, run, because I am releasing my rain. It is going to get faster; in fact it will overtake you. The door is open. This is a new thing that I am accelerating.”
Prophetically, rain is associated with the pouring out of God’s Spirit, and specifically revival. A couple of years ago, God was saying it’s on its way; now He says it is close enough for us to “run towards it.” At the same time we are hearing a lot in the Spirit about “shaking” (“Once more I will shake the Heavens and the Earth” – Haggai 2:6 and Hebrews 12:26) and “standing firm.” So what do we believe?
I think the answer is that they are both true. The writer to the Hebrews says that this shaking “indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.” I watched a film the other night called “Hurricane Heist.” There was a lot of shaking, a lot of stuff being removed; and also there was a lot of rain. God has not said He would send gentle showers; He has said He will send rain. I think a storm is coming, bringing heavy rain with it. The rain is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to bring revival to the world and blessing for His people. The shaking that has started to demolish strongholds will continue, and God is saying to His people, “Hold on to me, stand firm, put down roots in My word and My Spirit.” People whose security in the world has been swept away by the storm will be turning to those who are standing firm, and seeking the One that we are holding onto.
I think the storm may be close. We need to be sure that our security is in “the things which cannot be shaken,” and we need to ask the Lord to send that rain cloud and be watching for that door to open in Heaven, so that when it comes we can run out into the storm, holding fast to Jesus, and get ourselves soaking wet.
“I have set the LORD always before me;
Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices;
My flesh also will rest in hope.” (Psalm 16: 8-9)