THE LONG WHITE CLOUD OF GLORY SETTLING UPON NEW ZEALAND
By Nate and Christy Johnston
I had two visions about New Zealand recently, which I believe represent the unveiling and emerging of Revivalists that will purify the land and then sweep the nations with the fires of revival.
In the first vision I saw a spring bursting up from the ground that was crisp and clear and I heard the Lord say that a pure prophetic flow is springing up that will refresh and purify the land and then raise a new standard of purity in this hour for the nations. I saw the areas that the enemy had tried to defile the land and to taint the purity of the nation. There were bills and laws attempting to be passed that would poison the water but this spring was bursting forth to heal and restore the health and wellbeing of the nation.
Interestingly the tourism campaign for New Zealand is '100% Pure New Zealand,' and I believe that theLord was showing me that New Zealand would be sought after as a deep well of revival, that many would come and partake of and to 'taste and see' and they would then take back what they have tasted of to their home nation.
In the second vision I saw a mighty mountain with cloud covering the top with just the peak surfacing and suddenly there was a sound like an earthquake and thunder and then I saw thousands upon thousands of believers rushing down the mountains singing a song, like an anthem of victory and the sound of the war cry, and as they reached the bottom of the mountain suddenly a sound wave was released like fire that went out from the borders of New Zealand, out towards the Pacific islands and Australia and then the rest of the nations.
Then the Lord drew my attention to two specific mountains, Mt Ruapehu in the North Island and Mt Cook in the South.
The name Ruapehu means; 'To explode and make a large noise', which is significant and confirming to what the Lord was showing me. New Zealand is in a season that it is making a noise that the nations will hear. An explosion, a loud noise and mighty move of the Holy Spirit is starting.
Mt Cooke or "Aoraki" as it is called in the Maori language, means "Cloud Piercer", which is prophetic of the company of people that God is raising in this hour. They are glory dwellers and heaven interceptors, they live in the mountain of His presence and then come down the mountain to release the sound. The original Maori people of this region that named the mountain were called the 'Ngai Tahu', people which translates; 'to start a fire'. So just as I saw in the vision there was a fire being released from these cloud piercers that would burn through the nation and the nations.
My Mum and her family are from New Zealand, so I consider myself to be equally Kiwi as much as I am Australian. I have fond memories of growing up visiting New Zealand as a child and recently the Lord has been stirring in my heart an awakened desire to pray for this nation that I love so much. I remember often hearing the Maori name for New Zealand, ‘Aotearoa.’ Wikipedia describes its translation as follows: The word can be broken up as: ao = cloud, dawn, daytime or world, tea = white, clear or bright and roa = long. The common translation is "the land of the long white cloud". An alternative translation is ‘long bright world.’
This is by no coincidence as I see that the Lord's Glory is descending upon the people of New Zealand in unanticipated and unexpected ways. The land is known for its rain, but it is about to become renowned throughout the world for the Glory of the Lord. I heard the Lord say, “I am releasing my Glory Cloud to the land of the Long White Cloud. New Zealand will be a nation KNOWN for my Glory!”
AN AWAKENING IN THE NATIVE MAORI PEOPLE
I then heard His voice declare: “I am awakening my truth in the hearts of the Native Maori people, I am going to honor their ancestral foundations upon this land and I am stirring their warrior hearts within to release of My Glory to the North and the South of New Zealand.’ I believe this is just the beginning. Small fires are kindling from those, all Kiwi's alike, who have long contended for revival in New Zealand, they have fought against old mindsets, complacency and despondency. I see the Father’s breath of wind roaring through the flames of kindling and causing them to erupt in mountainous bonfires all across the Nation.
The Glory Cloud that the Lord is releasing is a cleansing cloud, bringing healing to the hearts of those who have felt lost, forgotten and have felt stuck in a place of despair. The Father is saying, “Look up! Look up and see what I am about to do! Run out and stand in my Rain as I pour it forth!” Just as when the rain falls, nothing is exempt from its touch, so too will this cloud of His glory saturate and cleanse every part of the Nation, from the North to the South. I see His glory spreading to the Pacific Islands, even those in distant tribes that are untouched from the rest of the world will not be exempt from His outpouring that will spread from the Nation of New Zealand.
THE SILVER FERN and KORU
I also saw a picture of the Silver Fern, which is renowned as the National symbol of New Zealand. It is seen on the tail of New Zealand airlines, on Maori carvings and NZ athlete uniforms. I found some amazing prophetic insights to this fern. Māori hunters and warriors used the silver underside of the fern leaves to find their way home. When bent over, the fronds would catch the moonlight and illuminate a path through the forest. The NZ Army also used it during the second Boer War. The Koru as the Fern is called in its early growth, symbolizes new life, growth, strength and peace. Wikipedia describes it like this: 'the circular shape of the koru helps to convey the idea of perpetual movement while the inner coil suggests a return to the point of origin.' This is amazing in that I believe the Father is conveying a new season of perpetual movement in His glory, where He is causing New Zealand to return to its point of origin, that is in Him. The fern in itself is a prophetic declaration from the Father that New Zealand will be like a reflector that would capture the light of the Father in the midst of the world’s darkness and illuminate a path for the Nations to follow. The fact that this fern was used in the war is a sign that the Father is using New Zealand as a weapon, as a light to the Nations in this end time harvest, the war for souls. It is also significant that the Koru is used on the tail of NZ airlines. The very term 'unfurling' means to: 'make or become spread out from a rolled or folded state, especially in order to be open to the wind.' I believe this speaks of the people of New Zealand unfurling to His voice, where they have been previously closed up to Him. This is a season of perpetual movement, a folding out of Glory like a thick blanket across the corners of New Zealand and an opening up for the tail wind of His Glory to guide you into greater heights. As the hunger of the Father's glory stirs within the hearts of His people, those who contend for His glory in the secret places will be elevated to new heights and will be forerunners of what He is doing, unfurling His voice to the nation in this hour.
THE SUNRISE OF HIS LIGHT
In addition to this, New Zealand is the first place in the world to witness the first sunrise of each new day, and I believe this is a prophetic picture of the new dawn arising over New Zealand. The light that God is uniquely pouring out over this land will spread to every other nation of the world. Psalm 65:8 says; Those who live at the ends of the earth stand in awe of your wonders. From where the sun rises to where it sets, you inspire shouts of joy. Amazingly, New Zealand is the furthest point from Jerusalem which speaks of God reaching the ends of the earth. So, for those of you who are in New Zealand, I want to encourage you, you will inspire shouts of joy that will be heard all across the earth. The Father is calling you to align with His declaration over you. Lift up your songs, lift up your battle cries, seek His face first, seek unity and link your arms together, for the hour of awakening is upon you.
New Zealand, You will shine and illuminate the light of the Son to the rest of the world. God has not forgotten you, New Zealand. You are forerunners of His glory and you are being awakened in this very hour to His purposes for you from the beginning of time. Arise, Shine, for your light has come and the Glory of the Lord arises upon you!
“Indeed, the former things have come to pass,
Now I declare new things;
Before they spring forth I proclaim them to you.”
Sing to the Lord a new song,
Sing His praise from the end of the earth!
You who go down to the sea, and all that is in it,
You islands and coastlands, and those who inhabit them [sing His praise]!
Isaiah 42:9-10 (AMP)