Things to Come - Resurrection LifeBy Eric Green

As the New Year was approaching the Lord began speaking to me about posting a word containing prophetic insight about some things to come in this next season. Since 2004 when my prophetic gifting popped open the Lord has given me frequent downloads concerning times and seasons for individuals, local church bodies, as well as the overall body of Christ. I believe in 2004 the Lord began to gift and entrust me with a similar anointing to which the sons of Issachar operated—the ability to know and discern the times and seasons (see 1 Chron. 12:32). Towards the end of every year the dreams, visions, and revelations start flowing and nuggets of unfolding prophetic insight are released for the following year.

In many ways I have been in a time of hiddenness for the purpose of testing, weighing, and discerning my own prophetic words. I have purposely tried to stay out of public view and have not been too eager to share my revelations via email, blog, facebook, video and other forms of communication (primarily because I understand the times and seasons for my own life). Like Abraham, the Lord had called me years ago to lay down my Isaac (the promise of God over my own life) and is now telling me to take it back up again. The Lord never wants His promises to be placed above Him, thus making them idols. During the time of laying everything on the altar, the Lord tests our hearts and drives out selfish ambition, self-righteousness, and hones and refines our character. I've learned many powerful lessons which I could expound upon, but that's not the purpose of this email. One piece of advice: If you're in a honing season, embrace it—don't short-circuit the process. As I've heard Don Potter say, "If you let God drag you through the knothole backward, that which remains is His presence continually resting on your life."

A prophet-friend of mine came to me in a dream the beginning of December, 2011 and said, "Eric it's time for promotion. It's time for your sphere of influence to expand. It's time for you to be released into public view. You've been in a season of being honed and groomed for public exposure. This is now your time to rise up." After he said this I was overtaken with humility—the Spirit of God fell on me and I began to weep. I woke up from this dream knowing it was time to lift Isaac from the altar; it's time to release the Word. You're reading this email today because of that dream.
Much of this word may be confirmation to that which the Lord has been showing you—or perhaps much of it may be new. Either way I pray the Lord gives you eyes to see, ears to hear and a soft heart able to receive and comprehend what the Spirit of God is whispering in this hour.

Awakening and Resurrection Power

In the fall of 2010 the Lord began speaking to me about the following year. He gave me a dream, but said it was not just for 2011, but for 2011, 2012, and beyond. This dream rattled me to the core because it revealed the present condition of the Church in America and the Lord's desire and intentions for His Bride in the years to come. The Lord said that 2011 was only the beginning—the tip of the iceberg, so to speak—of the years of awakening and revival to come. 2011 marked a transition period for the Body of Christ in the spirit. 2012 will be a continuation of a radical transition season and many decisions will be made to either embrace the power of God or deny it—to pursue the Lord and walk in our full inheritance or choose second best which will ultimately lead to surrendering that which we do possess: "Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him" (Matt. 13:12, NIV).

In this dream in September of 2010 the Holy Spirit and I approached a very religious and legalistic church. In the dream the church building itself seemed to be the epitome of legalism. Everything about it screamed dead works, a form of godliness that denied power, and self-righteous, fear driven, and performance based acceptance and approval. The Holy Spirit in this dream was actually personified as a nurse or a doctor. Dr. Holy Spirit I like to say!

As Dr. Holy Spirit and I steadfastly approached this church building, I spotted a woman lying on a gurney directly in front of the entrance. This was a middle aged woman who appeared to be dead. She represents the Bride of Christ in America. We rushed up to her and with urgency in my heart I yelled out to the Doctor who was with me, "We have to raise her from the dead!" Laying my hands on her to command life back into her body I realized that she wasn't dead, but in a coma-like state. She had a faint pulse and was barely breathing.

Two religious leaders immediately emerged from the darkened front entrance of the church building. They explained that this woman was terribly sick and has been continuing to get worse. They held out a bottle of pills and said, "We've been giving her these pills, but nothing seems to be helping. She just keeps getting worse and worse. At this point we know there is no hope. It's really better this way. Better that she stays in this weakened state. She'll die eventually, but it's okay."

I looked down at this middle aged woman who appeared to be decades older than she actually was. Her skin was pale and lifeless. She appeared fragile in this vegetated state and the stench of death lingered in the air around her like in a nursing home or hospital cancer ward. These two leaders took out some more pills and began stuffing them in her mouth. Dr. Holy Spirit suddenly smacked the pills out of the religious leader's hands and said, "These pills have been killing her this whole time!" The Holy Spirit then took out an injection needle and stuck it in the Bride of Christ. She immediately sat up and was filled with strength and life—restored to perfect, vibrant health! In an instant the spirit of death departed, her body took on a refreshed, youth-like appearance, and she radiated and glowed with an eternal heavenly light!

I believe this multilayered dream is symbolic of the next great awakening coming to the Bride of Christ in America. For too long we've been sleeping in sorrow: "When He [Jesus] rose from prayer, He came to the disciples and found them sleeping from sorrow" (Luke 22:45, NASB). Like the disciples in this Scripture passage, the regular believer has not possessed a Kingdom perspective and has allowed the seemingly difficult circumstances of his life to dictate the way he thinks, feels, believes, and acts. The Bride of Christ has experienced so much "hope deferred" that it's made her heart sick and she's fallen asleep from sorrow. Now is the time for her to wake up to the call of God, to her Destiny, and to the radiance of Christ's shining glory: "Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you" (Eph. 5:14, NIV). Similar to Peter and his companions, when we are fully awake we will see Christ's glory: "Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory" (Luke 9:32, NIV).

So what do the pills in the dream represent? I believe the pills are the lies the enemy has used to keep us in a dreary, sick, depressed, coma-like state: "God doesn't heal anymore," "You actually don't have authority over the demonic," "God only speaks through the Bible," "If you're having night terrors you probably need some type of medication," "God has given you this sickness to teach you something," "You'll wrestle with sin and your flesh the rest of your life," "If you work a little harder at you're Christian walk and do more good deeds in life you, too, can achieve righteousness with God and He'll bless you," "There's always grace so you can continue to live in sin," and hundreds of other deceptions that keep believers subdued and shackled to either dead religion or carnal and worldly lifestyles.

The sad thing is that these lies are being preached from the pulpit! The enemy is using ignorant religious leaders as puppets to speak his word in the very "House of God"! If the devil can keep the Body of Christ doped up and medicated with these pills—the false gos-pills—he can keep us from stepping into our full inheritance as sons and becoming active, hands-on, Kingdom advancers. Thank God this will not happen! The true Bride of Christ, the lovesick intimate worshippers of Jesus, are about to arise in passion, faith, truth, love, and genuine demonstrations of supernatural power. These will be a people who lay down their denominational differences, who believe in the "Go" of the Gospel, who love unconditionally, who have died to the things of the world, and who have been fully awakened, transformed, and infused with the life of Christ.

In the dream, Dr. Holy Spirit pulled out a huge syringe and stuck the Bride of Christ. We are in desperate need for the Holy Spirit's medication—for the substance of heaven to be infused into our blood stream—for a Jesus injection!

A month or so after I had this dream I traveled to Florence, Alabama to The Ark Outreach Ministries and hung out with some good friends of ours, Phillip & Marsha Clemmons. During the service they had everybody, in the spirit, take out an injection needle and stick the person next to them and say, "Be filled with life." They had been doing this for over a month during all their services. I was blown away! During this season it seemed like every prophet was talking about this awakening about to happen! Heck, Jesus Culture recently released their new album titled, Awakening! Not too long after hanging out with Jeff Jansen and Jason Westerfield and his family in Connecticut towards the end of 2010, Jason's son actually drowned in a bathtub. As he prayed for his son and spoke life into his lifeless body, he was resurrected and fully restored! (Watch the short version of this testimony by Clicking Here). I believe this is one of the many physical resurrections we're about to see. These physical resurrections will happen in America (not only in impoverished nations) and will be a sign of the spiritual awakening happening in this hour. We're about to see a release of resurrection power that comes from the Spirit of holiness: "...who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord..." (Rom. 1:4, NASB). There will be documented physical resurrections and such an increase of notable miracles, signs, and wonders that they will be uncountable! Jesus is coming to wake up His Bride just like he woke up Lazarus: "After he had said this, he went on to tell them, 'Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up'" (John 11:11, NIV).

I was having coffee with the pastor of a semi-conservative church not too long ago. We started discussing the topic of raising the dead. He asked, "Eric, why is it that people are being raised from the dead all over the world, but it's not happening in America... it's not happening in our church?" I responded, "Well, how many dead people have you prayed for?" He looked back at me like a light bulb went on—he got it! If you pray for zero dead people—zero dead people will be raised. Just like any other promise in the Kingdom of God, we need to be intentional about accessing it if we want it to manifest in our lives.

In the dream the Bride of Christ was laying on a gurney outside the church. I believe much of this awakening is going to happen outside the four walls of the church building: open-air preaching, prophetic and power evangelism, servant evangelism, loving the lost, serving churches with denominations other than ours, and Bible studies and prayer meetings in coffee shops, restaurants, and little houses all over.

Even with much of this awakening happening outside of the church, I strongly believe the Spirit of God is going to begin to invade small, local community churches out in the boondocks. This will be an organic, grassroots-type movement within small cities and communities. Seemingly insignificant little churches that have had the same 12 people as their congregation for the last forty years are about to get overwhelmed with the fresh breath of the Spirit of God! These pastors have been hungry for God, but don't have the terminology, understanding, or experience of facilitating an outpouring. They're going to need to learn quickly! And because of their hunger for the truth and to experience something genuine, they will! They'll also learn quickly how to father new believers coming in by the droves to their churches and will need to be ready to empower and mobilize them to preach, teach, and testify of the goodness of God.

This next move of God will not be contained by a single church or denomination. Nobody will be able to "brand" what's about to happen; although, many will try. This awakening won't be about a man, it will be about a movement. As soon as a leader starts to stick his hand in the cookie jar it will quench the outpouring within his sphere of influence. As leaders we need to stay humble before the Lord and before men—transparent and real. Admit when we're wrong—not trying to justify our mistakes. Those who carry office gifts, and have been refined, will take the time to stop for "the one," and not because it directly benefits him or his ministry. Many leaders think they have a formula down for revival, yet they're doing church without the Holy Spirit—the sad thing is they don't even realize it!

We need to let go of what we know about God so we can experience more of Him! I was recently worshipping in a little church and the voice of the Holy Spirit clearly said, "What you know about the Lord is holding you back from experiencing more of Him." Then He continued to say how much He wanted to invade and fill His Church, but couldn't because we are full of ourselves and everything we currently know! When we elevate our own experience with the Lord and our present revelatory knowledge and understanding to "this is the ONLY way"—however awesome our understanding may be—we actually cut ourselves off from receiving more. To say, "Oh, we know all about how God moves" shows that we still really don't have a clue! 2012 will be a year in which we take God out of the box—burn the box! No box, no molds, no formulas, no agendas—just Jesus.
We've complicated this thing called "church" and "Christianity" way too much. We need to return to the simplicity and purity of devotion to Jesus Christ (see 2 Cor. 11:13). The fuel that generates this fiery revival and awakening will simply be a passion for Jesus. These radical, fiery, lovers of Jesus will catch Paul's words to the church in Philadelphia:

Yes, furthermore, I count everything as loss compared to the possession of the priceless privilege (the overwhelming preciousness, the surpassing worth, and supreme advantage) of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord and of progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him [of perceiving and recognizing and understanding Him more fully and clearly]. For His sake I have lost everything and consider it all to be mere rubbish (refuse, dregs), in order that I may win (gain) Christ (the Anointed One), and that I may [actually] be found and known as in Him, not having any [self-achieved] righteousness that can be called my own, based on my obedience to the Law's demands (ritualistic uprightness and supposed right standing with God thus acquired), but possessing that [genuine righteousness] which comes through faith in Christ (the Anointed One), the [truly] right standing with God, which comes from God by [saving] faith. [For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope] that if possible I may attain to the [spiritual and moral] resurrection [that lifts me] out from among the dead [even while in the body] (Phil. 3:8-11, AMP).

If you've felt dry, burnt-out, and hopeless get ready because love is in the air! I feel a renewed sense of intimacy and passion coming back upon the Bride of Christ. The Lord is slapping away the sedatives and is infusing us with heaven's medicine—stick out your arm and ask for a direct injection of the good stuff! Wake up from the bad dream. Shake off the sleepiness. Get rid of the things you've been medicating yourself with—start partaking of His divine nature. Wake up to the reality of the Kingdom of God at hand and the realm of nothing is impossible. Be ready to be led by the gentle nudge of the Holy Spirit within—you'll be surprised by what happens!