A DREAM I JUST CAN’T SHAKE: THE WHALES ARE COMING!

Have you ever had a dream that was more than just a dream? A dream that not only gave you insight but seemed to mark you deeply and change your trajectory? A month ago I had such a dream that I haven’t been able to shake since, and as I have been processing it with the Lord I have realized the corporate invitation it carries, serving as a guidepost and commissioning to the prophetic movement. I pray that this dream marks you as deeply as it did me.

THE RESURGENCE

In the dream I was with many other prophets and leaders at an ocean-side resort where I could see tens of people partaking in many different recreational watersports and having a lot of fun. As I entered the water suddenly I felt something grab my legs and I looked down to see a huge humpback whale looking back at me in a friendly way as if we knew each other well. Then as I looked out over the water I saw a huge school of whales swarming the resort shore-waters. 

Whales represent the prophetic ministry and/or the current prophetic movement, because whales are sensitive, dive deep, and communicate through song much like prophets who are messengers and revelators of the deep things of Gods heart.  In the story of Jonah It was a whale that transported Him from the stormy seas to his destiny, and so too does the ministry of the prophetic realign people with their promise and takes them from the stormy seas of life and transports them to their place of purpose and calling. I knew seeing this whale was the Lord highlighting the greater reinstatement and resurgence of the prophetic in a greater way across all streams in the days to come. 

There is an island not far from where I live that served as a whaling station over 70 years ago, and when I was a child I was so intrigued by it and have since realized its prophetic significance for our region. Whaling was a multimillion-dollar industry here because of the “oil” they carried which also signifies the oil that prophets carry, but when the prophets are hunted, there is no prophetic “oil” or anointing to shift the body of Christ into her promise. Our region for a long time was exactly like the oceans, void of the prophetic and therefore the oil was not present. This island still to this day has seen less whales than it used to, instead it is now known for its prolific dolphin population. Dolphins represent minor prophecy, prophecy without the nation-shaking authority to align regions to Gods heart, or represent the intelligence of man that we rest on when we are void of His wisdom. But I prophesy that the whales are coming back to the waters!

AWAKENING A SONG

As I was travelling across the water I realised I could somehow communicate to the whale and would hear it cry out in response! Did you know that a whale starts a song in the beginning of migration that they keep singing and adding to as they travel the large distance to their furthest destination? When other whales join in the song they sing in unison with their melodies like a perfectly organised choir. I believe we are in a time where the prophetic voices are beginning to come into unity and release their sound in unison. This sound is shaking the deep places and calling the earth into order and in compliance to the kingdom of heaven. 

A TIME OF ACCELERATION

Then the whale swam away from the shore with my legs still in its grip, which felt much like I was wakeboarding with my body above the water, travelling at quite a speed that even others on jet skis were finding it hard to keep up. It was exhilarating to say the least. In that moment I had a thought come into my mind and I said to myself “This is what I was made for!” like for the first time I was experiencing the adventure and ride of being “in the pocket” so to speak, or in my lane. There was nothing more I could have desired in that moment. It was the sense that I was doing what I was created to do. The water was spraying up all around me and I was still moving at an incredible speed. The Lord spoke to me through this and said “There is a divine acceleration coming upon the prophets in both revelation and maturity, and I am moving the prophets into position to be the head and not the tail, above and not beneath!” (Deuteronomy 28:13) 

I have done a lot of wakeboarding in my life and I know the skill and strength it involves to stay standing up as the boat speeds through the water with you behind it. Just to pull yourself up you need arm and upper body strength, but as the boat turns you also need to know how to move with both the stationery water and the moving boat by angling your body as it turns. To learn this I have taken many falls, some fun and some not ending up with a few days of bad neck and back pain and some wisdom to apply for the next time out on the water. 

Acceleration is upon us, but it isn’t something we just step into, it’s a divine grace that God is breathing upon us to SURGE FORWARD with a new momentum and favor, but it will require a new strength, wisdom, and skill to maintain. When God adds and elevates us higher he also prepares us to steward it well by increasing our character and ability to carry what He pours out. 

UNCHARTERED TERRITORY

As I continued to speed through the water I noticed that an island or land was approaching in the distance but because of the sheer speed that the whale was moving us in, it wasn’t long until we were nearing the shore. To my surprise the whale didn’t slow down at all but kept its velocity, which meant that we suddenly launched out of the water and landed on the shore. But strangely we were able to keep moving on the land in the same way and speed like we did in the ocean, and I was watching as a we sped through a small town causing all of the onlookers to drop what they were doing and pay attention to this uncommon site! After a while I signaled for the whale to turn around and we headed back to the resort.

The symbol of the sea represents the world, or what I felt represented the common place of operation, the bounds of the prophetic as we have known it, and the land represents the new territory we as the body of Christ are moving into. From a logical perspective whales are not created to operate on land and its is also physically impossible, but the Lord is impressing to us that in the days to come He is giving us unchartered territory to occupy and stake a claim in. This will require breaking out of the boxes that we have confined our prophetic expressions, functions, and how God has called us to shine His light in the day we live. This excited me to imagine the endless impossibilities that lay before us in the church if we keep our hearts and ears open to move in ways that may confront our mindsets or cause us to move in greater faith with Him. I also believe that the migratory patterns of whales is significant in this season too because we are in a season of birthing and the purpose behind migration is to go to warmer waters more suitable to birth. Maybe the uncharted territory you are in right now is the lord preparing you for birth! 

ANOINTING WITHOUT A COST?

As I walked up onto the shore I noticed a group of people who were all congregating around someone who was talking loudly with great bravado and confidence. Everyone was glued to his words and what he was talking about, but I couldn’t seem to understand the point of what He was saying. I was not impressed at all. Then He began speaking about the whales that entered the waterway and how it was an opportunity to show them off and turn the resort into an ocean life museum where people could come and observe them in their cages and tanks. Then two men walked in at his command carrying a huge barrel of stinking, rotting fish, and the man began to mention that he would be feeding them to the whales. At this, the sheer injustice of it in me rose up and I yelled out “You cant feed them that!” to which the man replied “Well you buy them food then, this didn’t cost me anything”.

I was really grieved at this part of the dream, because this man was trying to cage and contain these whales and even monetize them! Then in addition to that He was wanting to feed them rotting fish which would not have been a healthy, sustainable diet for them. It’s a scary thing when we see the prophetic as an opportunity to lead people to our man made structures, making the prophetic a powerless museum of once was rather that nurturing and raising healthy prophets. The temptation in this hour is  to forfeit the purity we have been entrusted with and fall into self-promotion, religion, or distortion. Are we leading people to ourselves, trying to enslave our gifts in exchange for monitory gain? The rotting fish represents the diet of an unhealthy prophet that is not valuing the anointing upon their life by stewarding it with wisdom or governing the motives of the heart. It reminds me of what King David said in 2 Samuel 24:24;

“But the king replied to Araunah, "No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the LORD my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing." 

The prophetic movement is going through a deep heart check right now not for the sake of judgement but to draw out and raise up healthy and pure prophets who have their sights set soley on the Lord and not on using their mantle for the wrong reasons. In the days ahead we will see more and more prophets who aren’t sold out to pleasing man but have been refined in the fires of the fear of the Lord and marinated in the bridal chamber. 

FISHING WITH DADDY

As I walked away quite disturbed from what I just witnessed, instantly my heart was comforted by someone who stood in front of me. It was the Father, and He bent down and stretched His arms out to embrace me with a huge smile on his face. Everything else just melted away. It was at that moment that I realised I was around 5 years old and I walked with the father towards a jetty both of us holding a fishing pole. Knowing what I was thinking He looks me in the eye and says “I’ll show you how to catch the right food for the whales” and as He said that my dream ended. 

The words of the Father seemed to burn in my heart and I saw a branding rod clearing out the cobwebs of performance and clutter that can come as a result of “doing” instead of “being”. In those simple words he was powerfully rescuing us  from operating apart from rest and dwelling in his peace, and a deep awakening to the very source of the prophetic office and function.. being with Daddy! As He led me away from the noise of the committee I saw the future strength of the prophetic movement and how God is inviting us into a place of greater intimacy that will ensure that the whales are safe, free to roam, and healthy for the days to come. 

I pray that this dream encouraged you, challenged you, and caused you to burn deeper with a heart to see HIS HEART revealed in the earth!

 

 

 

 

Nate Johnston