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One morning during a baptism revival in Brunswick, GA, I had a very lucid dream which I'm still pondering. Prophetically, the dream conveyed two aspects of arising to secure God's Kingdom on your mountain.

In the dream, Jolene and I were sleeping in a room of an old factory building which was being transformed into an apostolic ministry center. It was a ground-up renovation. There was so much work to accomplish! And the neighborhood was dangerous. Mentors and friends were sleeping in other rooms nearby.

I made my way down a darkened hall for a midnight restroom break. Seeking to get some light in the hall, I found a bank of light switches connected to lights for the entire wing of the factory. The chart which accompanied the switches was faded and confusing. Choosing the wrong switch could bring a rude awakening to our sleeping colleagues! Not a good idea. So I chose to make my way to the restroom in the dim light available.

Cleansing and Arising by the Spirit

"Jesus bore the Cross to free us personally. He proved His endless worth to rule over spheres of authority by laying down His life for those He rules."

The restroom was large, and looked like it had already been renovated. A window by a mirror was open. Suddenly, a gust of wind blew through. When the wind hit me I began to arise—to literally float up toward the ceiling! I found in the weightlessness I could maneuver around. Easy but awkward, with lots of starts and stops. In the dream I was moving vertically above the floor, but shifted horizontally to kind of fly. Then I began to descend.

Astute dream interpreters among us know that bathrooms often represent cleansing. I believe it is significant that as the cleansing process culminated, I began to arise! Many of us are going to experience soaring with Holy Spirit in this season. A baptism of cleansing is first required. Can I just say—it's worth it!

The Mountain Sojourner

When my feet touched the floor, I thought about exploring outside of the factory and found myself immediately outside in the courtyard. Above the factory was a small mountain. On top of the mountain was a very large, old structure which I knew was tied to government and the security of our nation. Like the factory, it seemed to be under renovation. A few of the many windows on the building were lit.

From my vantage point, I could make out a statue near the structure, just below the crest of the hill. Lit with floodlights, the statue was actually the brightest subject in my dream, but it was too far away to make out. As I strained to see, almost immediately I was "there," hovering like a bird, parallel with the illuminated statue so I could really get a good look.

The statue was made of high-quality marble. It depicted a muscled man in a robe, strained under the unimaginable weight being borne on His shoulder. He was clearly agonized, yet His sculpted face projected fierce strength and resolve to bring His summit journey to victory.

You probably guessed the subject of this sculpture; the Sojourner, illuminated against the darkened mountain, was Jesus Christ, carrying His Cross.

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." (Isaiah 9:6)

In a flash I was back inside the building, looking at the statue of Jesus ascending the summit of the mountain. I looked behind me. Another window, too high up to see out of, caught my attention. Blue and red lights were projecting through the window onto a wall. They were flashing rhythmically, visual echoes showing apparent police activity nearby. (Photo via Unsplash)

I then made my way back to my bride, tucked myself in, and awoke.

3 Keys to the Dream

Fascinating, right? The dream seemed so real. It was was vivid but visually very dark, which I guess is to be expected when conveying a midnight ascension and a factory under renovation. Revelation came quickly, especially regarding cleansing and soaring. But details within the rest of the dream were honestly puzzling. My processing skills were of little use. Over the past few weeks I have really leaned into the Holy Spirit for revelation. Here are some keys.

1. The mountain. The mountain near the factory seemed so ominous. Was it an actual geographic location? Did it represent a "high place"? Spiritual mapping theories raced through my mind. Then the Spirit of the Lord demystified the meaning: The mountain actually represents the mountain of government. In a midnight hour, we, as the Body of Christ, are being summoned to the summit!

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2. The factory and the government structure. It's important to note both the factory and the governmental structure were both under renovation at the same time. Both were dark. Both needed an extreme makeover, and the Lord is moving to accomplish both renovations simultaneously.

A factory produces products engineered to be exactly the same in quality, quantity and structure. A factory refurbished into an apostolic center is called to bring forth the unique gifts and graces God has entrusted to each person. Not made into man's image, but His.

The good news is that a few of the lights in the building were on, even at midnight, when the factory lights of the apostolic center were out. God is saying something here!

"Many of us are going to experience soaring with Holy Spirit in this season. A baptism of cleansing is first required."

3. The statue. Above all else, I was puzzled by the illuminated statue of Jesus carrying His Cross just below the governmental structure on the summit. Why was it there? What event did it commemorate? A statue... Did it represent idolatry? A religious spirit? Why was it the brightest subject of my entire dream? More pondering, more processing, more prayer. Then suddenly I knew. When the revelation from the Lord came, the conspiratorial complexities I had been considering actually proved embarrassing. I was the one in the dark.

OK, are you ready for the revelation? It's deep. Genuinely. The statue of Christ carrying His Cross actually represented... Jesus carrying His Cross.

Remember Isaiah's admonition? The government is on His shoulders. Jesus bore the Cross to free us personally. He proved His endless worth to rule over spheres of authority by laying down His life for those He rules.

No Cross, No Crown!

I heard the Spirit of God say immediately, "Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple" (Luke 14:27). It was immediately clear that embracing the Cross was God's mandate for Believers to ascend the summit and "conquer" the mountain of government. This pertains both to Believers in government and those who pray for government.

Beloved, this is honestly not talked about much, but it's time to get back to focusing on Jesus, following Jesus and becoming a disciple of Jesus. We need to be walking in His footsteps; growing in resolve and, above all, integrity.

Remember, the Cross is the ultimate representation of the government on His shoulders. This revelation is by no means new. In fact, 338 years ago, when Founding Father William Penn founded Pennsylvania, he articulated two overarching principles: First, no King but Jesus. Second, no cross, no crown. Only those willing to lay down their lives to serve their constituents are worthy of receiving the crown of governmental rulership. Let's all take this advice to heart!

Two Facets of Arising

Finally, I want you to see that there are two facets of arising conveyed through this dream. Both facets are being emphasized at the same time for this season.

The first facet is learning to move supernaturally by His Spirit. The invitation to soar is predicated on responding to His call to a fresh cleansing by His Spirit. Your invitation awaits! (Photo via Unsplash)

The second facet of arising is your summons to the summit. This is so exciting. Jesus redeemed mankind through His covenant on the mountain, and we are called to see His covenant established on the summits of our spheres.

That being said, please don't leave the Cross behind. Carrying the Cross—not being religious, but simply laying down your life in love for God and others—is not an option. That's a real temptation the closer we get to the summit, especially when it comes to self-promotion, etc. I've discovered the hard way that my rhetoric is a poor substitute for my character. Let's instead let our light genuinely shine.

Beloved, there's a mountain to conquer. You are being summoned to the summit, to establish His covenant on the mountain! The Cross is your key. NOW THEREFORE ARISE. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)

Jon & Jolene Hamill
Lamplighter Ministries

Jon and Jolene Hamill are passionate followers of Jesus Christ. They love to share His heart and Word nationally and internationally through ministry and media. Founders of Lamplighter Ministries, they reside in the metro Washington DC area. Jon and Jolene have ministered in conferences and churches throughout America, as well as internationally in Canada, Germany, Sierra Leone and Israel. Jon and Jolene are the authors of the recently published book Crown and Throne: A Field Guide to Spiritual Revolution, which has gained widespread popularity across the nation. Their online blog LAMPostings is focused on sharing real-time prophetic revelation and prayer points from Washington DC, and is regularly enjoyed by thousands. In addition, they have authored numerous prophetic teachings which have appeared on the Elijah List, in Charisma Magazine and other publications.

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