WORD FOR AMERICA: THE EXILES ARE COMING HOME - THE ZERUBBABEL ANOINTING HAS BEEN RELEASED

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I believe the United States of America is in a pivotal moment of history that has many prophetic parallels to a particular time in the biblical history, the exile and return of Gods people from the Babylonian empire under the direction of King Cyrus the great who was undeniably used by God as a powerful instrument to restore His people.

I want to prophesy over America and highlight the assignment from heaven in this season to not only restore and raise up the nation of America but also to use her as a signpost and catalyst for the nations, and even more so for the body of Christ.

OUT OF EXILE

When the presidential inauguration took place in January the Lord began speaking to me that it was going to be a season of rebuilding and restoration for the United States and that He was releasing mantles and anointings to rebuild, recover, and revive this great nation.

Just recently in worship I kept hearing the Lord say to me "Its the anointing of Zerubbabel I am releasing!"

Zerubbabel was a man of God used powerfully to lead the first band of Jews out of captivity, to erect an altar, then lay the foundation of the temple. All of this was under the direction of King Cyrus the Great. If you would like to know more about the prophetic significance of King Cyrus I recommend you read some recent articles by Dr Lance Wallnau or his latest book "Gods Chaos candidate".

Zerubbabel also happened to be in the Davidic line and descendant to Jesus, born 12 generations earlier(12 representing perfection and completeness). He was called both Zerrabbubal and Sheshbazzar. Zerubbabel under King Darius and Sheshbazzar under King Cyrus.

The name Zerubbabel means "The seed or son of Babylon" and also "Pressed out of Babylon". I find both of these definitions interesting because firstly to be called a "son" of a place he was in captivity to being of royal and noble birth reveals that he was labeled and known by the captivity and not his true identity. Secondly I find it highly prophetic to be called a name that also means "pressed" out of Babylon as it reveals that the destiny on his life was to "come out" of the captivity he called home. He is also known by the Persian name of Sheshbazzar which means "joy in tribulation" which also has a connotation of the triumphing while in exile.

This anointing being released right now is leading this nation out of captivity, out of imprisonment, out "from under" the oppression of principalities and demonic powers that seek to enslave it, and disempowering and strangling the life out of the Christians in her borders. I also see the nation coming out of identity crisis and confusion and sons and daughters emerging with a heart after Gods heart to heal the land!

I prophesy that Freedom is here America! I hear that liberty bell ringing over you today!

A HOUSE IN RUINS

During the invasion of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar the temple was left completely destroyed and it was during the reign of King Darius that the Lord spoke to Gods people through the prophet Haggai saying;

"Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build my house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the Lord" Haggai 1:8

The scripture goes on to say that Zerubbabel listened and his spirit was stirred and he began work on the house of The lord. He was deeply moved by the word of the Lord that he took it upon himself to begin to restore the ruins of Gods house.

I asked the Lord why he did this and the Lord drew me to the fact that because he was of the Davidic line there was a natural responsibility and pull to restore Gods house. It was in his blood!

"In the second year after the Return, he erected an altar and laid the foundation of the temple on the ruins of that which had been destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar" Ezra 3:8

This anointing is a rebuilding and restoring anointing. It carries a passionate cry to reinstate the altar, the value for his presence to be centre place back to the nation and to the church.

I prophesy that every ruin and place of former desolation will become once more monuments of Gods goodness and mercy. I see the institution of family being restored, unity between racial groups, schools welcoming the name of Jesus back, and governments operating justly and operating under the values of the kingdom, in Jesus name!

THE GREATER GLORY

Ive had visions of clouds many times when praying for America. A cloud that was moving around the nation hovering over cities but something shifted this March when i had a vision of a golden bowl being poured out over the nations from heaven.

Many times the church has been more like the servant in 1 Kings 18 looking out across the horizon and seeing a small cloud the size of a mans hand saying "The cloud is here let's prepare for rain! " but in this season we are coming into the GREATER GLORY that has no end and no limitations, where we will no longer be looking for a cloud, we will be living under the cloud!

"This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake all nations, and what is desired by all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the Lord Almighty. "The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the Lord Almighty. "The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the Lord Almighty.” - Haggai 2:6 -9

I hear the Lord speaking this over America "I will fill this house with my glory and it will be greater than the glory of the former house!" Says the lord. His glory will not be confined to buildings or specific denominations but it will be poured out on whoever says "Yes Lord!" and this glory will change the heart of the nation!

ROYALTY & AUTHORITY

Another trait of this anointing is a royalty and authority that disarms darkness and gives the keys back to the children of God.

"The word of the Lord came to Haggai a second time on the twenty-fourth day of the month: "Tell Zerubbabel governor of Judah that I am going to shake the heavens and the earth. "I will overturn royal thrones and shatter the power of the foreign kingdoms. I will overthrow chariots and their drivers; horses and their riders will fall, each by the sword of his brother. "On that day,’ declares the LordAlmighty, ‘I will take you, my servant Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will make you like my signet ring, for I have chosen you,’ declares the Lord Almighty.” Haggai 2:21-23

A signet ring was used to engrave and imprint the kings seal upon royal documents. It denotes authority but also approval. To be given such a thing represents a "passing over" of the baton. Zerubbal could operate in the function of the authority given him.

"So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LordAlmighty. "What are you, mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground.Then he will bring out the capstone to shouts of ‘God bless it! God bless it!’” -Zechariah 4:6-7

Wow, even mountains become level ground at the sight of Zerubbubal! I can see this generation walking in this level of power and authority, confidence and boldness to oppose everything that stands in their way. I see a secure bride, one who knows she is approved and beloved, valuable, regal, adored, and highly esteemed.

I see sons and daughters rising up out of the ashes of pauper-dom and being orphaned by religious abuse and into powerful connection to the Father. They will no longer be weak, feeble, and defeated, but powerful and carry a voice that shakes heaven and earth!

ALL THAT WAS LOST

I see America coming out of debt and other nations removing their hands from the pockets of this great nation. I hear the Lord say that all that was lost, stolen, and squandered will be returned.

"Moreover, King Cyrus brought out the articles belonging to the temple of the Lord, which Nebuchadnezzar had carried away from Jerusalem and had placed in the temple of his god. Cyrus king of Persia had them brought by Mithredath the treasurer, who counted them out to Sheshbazzar the prince of Judah. In all, there were 5,400 articles of gold and of silver. Sheshbazzar brought all these along with the exiles when they came up from Babylon to Jerusalem" Ezra 1:7-9, 11

I feel strongly that this is a time to declare RESTORE over your life for what was lost. People have suffered so much financial loss it has seemed unrecoverable but the Lord wants to do the impossible in your life. I see those who have been through bankruptcy and foreclosure are going to get their names and life back. I see lost homes being restored. There is a wealth restoration and multiplication coming to the body of Christ of America to build up, raise up, and send out!

THERE IS A SOUND

There is a sound that has rung out accross the land. It's the sound of a new era, a sound of a victory already won, a sound that natural ears can't understand or comprehend because it comes from the Spirit. This is the sound that has filled the skies prophesying the goodness of God and declaring and claiming back America for the Lord. It feels like only a foundation slab has been laid, but it's the promise of what is to come.

I love what Israel did to celebrate laying the foundation of the house of the Lord.

"And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid. But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid, while many others shouted for joy. No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping, because the people made so much noise. And the sound was heard far away" Ezra 3:11-13

America it's time to shout in victory and let your sound be heard so all the world can hear it. You are a pioneer nation, a first fruits nation and you carry a key that unlocks the doors for many other nations to inherit ALL what heaven has for us. So we champion and bless you today. We cast off all curses and judgements, doom and gloom prophecies, and any hindrances to your destiny and we prophesy that your best days are ahead, in Jesus name!

Nate Johnston