As we have crossed the threshold of a new era in the Lord, there will be a lot of shifting taking place in the Church and the world. It is the time of completing unfinished business, a time of cleansing, and a time to get prepared for a "spiritual Church-quake" to transpire in the life of what some prophetic voices call the "Third Day Church". With this view in mind, let me present some bullets on Paradigm Shifts for the 21st Century.
• An Apostolic Relational Mandate is being released emphasizing "networking" versus vertical authority structures. This fresh emphasis on cross-pollination will replace much of the inbred church associations, which are strife ridden by the spirit of competition and control.
• While in worship I was given the following phases: "When the Apostolic is Made Personal (AMP) there will be Mighty Authority in the Prophetic (MAP) in that day. The Lord will amplify His voice in those relational renewal centers and the Holy Spirit will put them on His map."
• Confrontation shall come with the "political spirit". Even as the "prophetic movement" exposed and confronted the "religious spirit" in the Church, so an "apostolic movement of grace and truth" will expose and lay an axe at the historical root of the "political spirit" in the Church.
• The restoration of David's Tabernacle as prophesied in Amos 9:11 and Acts 15:16-18 shall escalate resulting in authentic 24-hour houses of prayer and praise, worship and intercession sprinkled across the nations. New creative songs and sounds shall emerge as it was with the radical ministry of William and Catherine Booth's Salvation Army bands. Praise, once again, will not be confined to the "four walls of the Church" but will spill out into the open-air arena.
• In the Church world, there will be a continued theological shift away from the false theory of cessationism (spiritual gifts passed away with the closing of the cannon of Scriptures and/or the second generation apostles of the early Church.) In other words, cessationism is going to cease!
• A new Signs and Wonders Movement is growing. Healing Rooms and Centers will be instituted in many cities devoted to praying for the sick and casting of evil spirits (Luke 10). Parades of people healed of various diseases will once again occur as in the days of life of John G. Lake in the 1920's.
• This move of God will be so powerful that the Church will gather in stadiums to worship – both the collective Church in given regions as well as some local congregations growing so large that they will fill stadiums for their celebration worship services.
• There is and will be a great move of the Holy Spirit among women. Many women will be released into the five-fold ministry and they will be used in the worldwide revival and reformation, which is upon us. Ultimately, the issue will not primarily be "doctrinal" – it will be one of necessity due to the volume of need for laborers for the Harvest. The coming period could easily be termed "The Era of Women Preachers".
• A renewed Quietist Movement will emerge as Believers in Christ find the "secret place" of the Most High to truly be their dwelling place (Psalm 91). A fresh revelation of intimacy with God, communion with their lover/husbandman and Master will come forth. A generation in the spirit of Mary of Bethany will arise and gladly "waste their life" on the Lord!
• A fresh Holiness Movement will spring up in the Church worldwide. Its emphasis shall be one of the Father's mercies mixed with an authentic spirit of conviction of sin (John 16) causing many to repent and their stained garments to be experientially cleansed by the power and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
• The Body of Christ will awaken to her call and responsibility to reach and lift up the poor and oppressed as stated in Isaiah 58:7-12. Finances will be released to care for the widow and the orphan as declared in James 1:27. Chains of orphanages will come forth as the Church awakens from her self-centered life styles and hilarious, joyful giving is restored.
• We will see tremendous transfers of wealth into the Kingdom of God through the ministry of "market place apostles and prophets". Those with anointing for business, administration and creativity shall be blessed – not resisted – by the Church. The wall between clergy/laity and secular market place/spiritual ministry shall come down.
• An extravagant Youth Movement is coming to the global Body of Christ that will "rock the nations". Public events will be led by youth to pray and fast for revival, which will spread rapidly around the nations. This will be a "trans-generational anointing" where the hearts of the fathers are turned to the children and the hearts of the children to the Father (Malachi 4:5-6).
• A wave of "Identificational Repentance" will overwhelm a remnant of the Gentile Church causing her to repent of her historical wrongs against the Jewish people. In response to this, a revelation of the "Sabbath rest" shall be released from the throne of grace that will be non-legalistic and result in healing for many.
• It is the devil's strategy to precipitate another type of holocaust – but God will raise up trumpeters like Mordecai who shall prepare the corporate Esther (the Church) for such a time as this. Radical prayer will open a hedge of protection for the Jewish people as the shields of the earth belong to the Lord.
• A "Convergence of the Ages" shall come upon us. The anointings of Pentecostal fire, the healing and deliverance crusades, the Latter Rain presence, the Evangelical burden for the lost, the Charismatic Gifts, the Jesus People zeal, the Third Wave credibility, the revelation of the Prophetic movement and the relational networking of the Apostolic Reformation shall all merge together into a tidal wave that will be greater than the impact of "reformation of 500 years ago." This will ultimately create what could be called "The Great Revolution in the Church".
• Radical deeds of identificational repentance, acts of mercy to the poor and the oppressed, presence and power encounters to the sick and the demonized, warrior praise and intercession arising over cities will mount as a Revolution comes upon the global Body of Christ and creates a great societal awakening! If history books are written of the years that lie ahead, they might be termed "The Days of His Glorious Presence".
(Note: I wrote this 12 years ago and it was published in my book The Coming Prophetic Revolution. I have looked at these declarations again, edited them slightly and thought it would be good to post them for you once again.)
James W. Goll
Encounters Network • Prayer Storm • Compassion Acts Team