A couple of months ago, on Holy Saturday, I was overwhelmed with this message from the Lord: the next move of God is in the trees. I furiously wrote as He graciously downloaded.
Like trees, revival will grow tall and strong, spread widely, be sturdy. Just as trees provide a canopy of shade, this next move of God will provide a canopy of love.
Trees grow strong roots and so will the next wave of ministers. They will drink from the deep waters of my heart. They will run but not grow weary because of their deep roots and access to such deep wells. The water of the Lord will never fail to satisfy them.
They will be pastors of the “insteads” who are going to see radically changed lives. Instead of ashes, beauty. Instead of mourning, praise. Instead of captivity, freedom.
They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. Isaiah 61:3
When you’re standing in the middle of a forest you can’t see anything but more trees. So will the next move of God be, you will be unable to look in any direction without seeing what He is doing.
Just as in a forest, the next move of God is going to be diverse. There will be many types of ministers, many types of disciples, many types of worshippers. THINGS WILL NOT BE BLAND AND BORING. Diversity will rule. Not only is it God’s desire, it’s how others will KNOW that the Lord is in this.
I will put in the desert the cedar, the acacia, the myrtle and the olive. I will set junipers in the wasteland, the fir and cypress together, so that people may see and know, may consider and understand, that the hand of the Lord has done this, that the Holy one of Israel has create it. Isaiah 41:19-20
The Lord then spoke this to me:
Seeds will be carried from all over. Do not be afraid to plant what looks like it does not belong- there are no invasive species in my Kingdom. Trees will look like they’re planted in the wrong spot- too close to a house, next to a powerline or in the middle of the sidewalk- but they will not be wrong. Looking at things from a natural perspective will cause confusion; put on supernatural glasses.
The glory of Lebanon will come to you, the juniper, the fir, the cypress, to adorn my sanctuary; and I will glorify the place for my feet. Isaiah 60:13
They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing streams. Isaiah 44:4
Trees are wild and gregarious. Who can tame a tree? They don’t follow conventional bounds, and their seeds are carried far by birds, by humans, by the wind. They are gregarious, they live in community, as will the next move of God. I believe that church is going to look radically different, and more consistent with the wild nature of how trees grow. There will groups here and there of believers, all connected together in the larger “forest” of the big church. Young and old will grow together, as will all types and sizes of trees. No one is left out.