by Apostle Les D. Crause
We stand on the brink of another New Year in the presence of the Lord, and many have already tried to look ahead to see what lies in store for the new year.
Before I share with you the Prophetic Word that the Lord gave me for the year ahead, I want to lay a bit of a foundation for you so you can understand where the Body of Christ is headed.
Unfortunately, many so-called prophets have tried to predict the future instead of finding out from the Lord what He wants to do. And it does not take much prophetic insight to know which way the world is going.
The enemy has made it clear what he has in mind, and as always, it is more theft, strife, and destruction – the roots of the flesh motivated by the world system that is under his control.
When we look only at these things, we tend to leave God out and turn to fleshly and natural ways to overcome them. A top-rated prophet has suggested that believers learn to grow their own food and seek to get involved in running the world in a better way.
Hope is put in political leaders and those in places of influence. And your vote is considered more important than waiting on God for direction and using His power to bring change.
But at the end of the day, the only way to change this world is to release the power of God into the earth to create what is needed. Every believer has within them the potential to bring major change to their own lives and the lives of those around them.
But few have ever learned how to do this, and in general, most believers still look to the leaders in the Church to do what is needed. The church system has been set up to ensure that the average believer accomplishes not much more than to help build Church structures and organizations.
Like those in the world, we look to our leaders in the hope that they will somehow come up with the right solutions to help us live better lives.
God has great plans, not for the world, but for His body, the Church. And whatever He does in this world will only be accomplished when believers allow Him to reign in them and work through them.
And to do this, He has been calling on the leaders to stop being like the Pharaoh of old, keeping God’s people in bondage. He has been trying to send out a simple message to such leaders,
“Let My People Go”
But like the Pharaoh of old, leaders persist in using those under them to build their own kingdom. And growth in the Body of Christ has been limited to what is allowed in each organization.
The emphasis has been on bringing in huge numbers and gathering together crowds to accomplish this. Such numbers bring in huge financial resources and provide almost political power to leaders of such large groups.
But that was never the pattern in the New Testament, where believers gathered daily in small groups, and we were told that new believers were being added every day.
The only way the Lord can bring change in this world and make it a heaven on earth is when every believer knows their place and does their part. But before this can be accomplished, all of God’s people must be set free to release the power of God into this world.
This has been an impossible task to accomplish because of the system employed by the Status Quo church. As a result, instead of the Body of Christ rising up in power, it still remains at the mercy of the few who make the choice to allow the Lord to use them.
We thank God for anointed leadership, but it is time for every believer in the Body of Christ to find out who they are and what they have in Him. And it is time that everyone is encouraged to use what they have together for the Lord.
Some years ago, the Lord called us to leave our homeland and spend time in a foreign land. And there, He began to reveal His true pattern for the church.
The limitations we had on not fully knowing the language of the people and what was permitted by law to foreigners forced us to approach church and ministry in a very different way.
Instead of gathering believers together in a normal church meeting, we were forced to do everything on the internet. And we discovered a whole new way to reach people in every nation.
During that time, the Lord gave me a Prophetic Vision that was really startling to me and which I felt would take something catastrophic to bring about. I wondered if I had heard right and whether this would be fulfilled in my lifetime.
But just a few years ago, in 2019, I began to see the fulfillment of that vision as the world came under the difficulties of COVID-19. This affected the church more than anyone because it stopped believers from gathering together and holding normal church services.
The whole structure and pattern of the status quo church was shaken, and those who were used to gathering in large numbers, such as the mega-churches, were the ones who were affected the most.
But in the end, every single local church was brought to its knees, and the only way believers could receive ministry was by using the Internet. We all longed to return to the freedom we had, but it seemed to go on and on.
Then, at the beginning of this year, the Lord showed me that the pandemic would soon be coming to an end. And He said that a new church would arise from the ashes of what was left of the old.
If you would like to review the prophetic word that the Lord gave me for the year 2023, you can go and read it online at the following webpage
As the year progressed, it became very clear from the reports we received that the pandemic left the existing church system in ruins. Many stopped attending church meetings because they found it easier to receive ministry online.
Many have begun to set up their ministries online and are reaching far beyond their immediate area to people around the world. And fellowship can now be done in chat groups in both text and video. Believers can watch or listen to preaching from around the world.
The signs are all there that the old Status Quo church system has been shaken to its roots. And with the freedom of social media, many have started to use what God gave them online without needing recognition from an organization.
According to the original vision of the Coming Storm, those who boasted of having large groups were the ones who suffered the most. But the churches that survived were those who gathered together in small groups. And although there were still leaders, the emphasis was not on the leaders.
There is always still a need for large gatherings where many can come together and enjoy the power of the corporate anointing. This is where every believer brings what they have and adds it together to build a very powerful force.
In the early church, they still had the temple, but they met each day in their homes and workplaces. Here, believers can get to know each other more closely and interact as members of one body.
When Israel was journeying to their promised land, they set up the tabernacle in the center of the camp, and the people pitched their tents all around the tabernacle. Later, the temple was built to replace the Tabernacle, and the pattern continued with the temple at the center of where they lived.
This has always proved to be the best pattern for the people of God, and the Church is no different. So, the best pattern is still something similar. There needs to be a place of public gathering where everyone in the community comes together periodically for celebration, worship, and teaching.
But during the week, there should be continual fellowship and ministry in small groups in the community. Then, on a larger level, as God raises up the Fivefold Ministry under the Apostolic Office, a similar pattern can be followed.
In the early church, there were two main Ministry Centers from which the Apostles were sent and where they lived. These were in Jerusalem and Antioch.
Then, the churches founded by the apostles from those ministry centers continued to look to the center as a hub for direction. So after Paul and Barnabas had gone out establishing new churches in different cities, those churches continued to receive from Paul as he returned to Antioch.
This is the ultimate pattern for the new church and is what the Lord intends for the future church. But it will not happen automatically unless training is given to the new leaders and to all believers.
For too long, believers have been living under the bondage of the Pharaohs who have controlled them and forced them to build their pyramids. And the Lord has sent apostles in the form of the Moses Type of an apostle to bring God’s people out of bondage.
But many have failed to enter into their promised land and are still wandering around in the wilderness. Instead of moving forward, they go around in circles. And many believers have moved from church to church, trying to find a place where they can truly be what they were called to be.
It is time now for the Joshua apostles to rise up and lead God’s people into their Promised Land. And this can only be accomplished when every believer is mobilized to do their part in overcoming this world system and powers of darkness.
Before they can do this, believers need to realize that they already have inside of them everything they will ever need to do great things. God has placed His power inside of each one of us, and we can do amazing things if we learn to tap into that power.
There also needs to be a financial flow in the Body of Christ to provide the finances that are needed for us to reach the world for the Lord. And God has chosen to raise up some very specific leaders at an Apostolic Level to do this.
When leaders are trained to do this correctly, the Church will not fall back into the old patterns of this world. But they will lead believers into building a new church that is full of power. Where every believer has a part to play, and God’s power becomes visible to the world.
The Lord called Daphne and me to this task before the turn of the century, and we have been working hard to bring together a ministry that will cater to all of these needs.
At first, we worked only with the leaders and learned to train Apostles and Prophets along with Pastor Teachers. Then, the Lord introduced Apostolic and Prophetic Entrepreneurs.
But training the leaders was not enough. We need to get every believer involved at their own level. So, for a season, we spent time putting together materials that all believers could use at all levels.
These are still in progress, and several are currently in the pipeline being prepared for release. If you want to find out more about what is available, you can go to this webpage.
To see some of our newest book publications and those currently in the pipeline, go to the following webpage
Our training schools for those called to Fivefold leadership in both ministry and business can be found at our main training website at
All of the courses there are currently being updated to include all the new things the Lord has been teaching us.
We would like to take you by the hand as the New Year approaches and help you find your place both as a believer and as a leader in the Body of Christ. So look out for each new announcement we make in the days that lie ahead and as the New Year commences.
Now, here is the Word that the Lord gave me for the Body of Christ for 2024.
The Lord says, take your eyes off what the world is doing and what the enemy has planned for the year that lies ahead. For his plans are not for My Church, but for those who follow him in this world system.
I have only good in mind for those who love Me, and when you look to the time ahead, do not even consider all the evil that is being spewed out of the mouth of the evil one. If you do, your heart will become filled with fear, and you will become paralyzed and unable to go forward boldly in My Name.
Realize that whatever I do in this world must always be done through those who are committed to me. Unless you release my will into the earth, I am unable to make this world into a place where you can walk in total blessing.
I have given you all that you need in order to accomplish this by My Spirit living inside of you, says the Lord. And with Me living in you, nothing is impossible. Therefore, when I call the things that do not exist as though they do, I expect you to do the same and release my words into the earth.
When you do this, the creative power that I placed in you will go out and create the very things that you desire. And you will see some amazing miracles taking place with your own eyes.
You have sought My face in prayer and wait patiently for Me to carry out what you asked. But in reality, I will only do it via human channels. And I certainly have those who are willing channels to release my power.
I have raised up Prophets who will speak my will into the earth and birth things that do not yet exist. These are specially chosen, and can hear My voice clearly to know what I desire to do.
But you do not need to wait for Prophetic decrees before you can walk in My blessing, says the Lord. And you do not need to rise up to that level to become an instrument that I can use right now.
I promised that when two or three believers come together in full agreement, I would join them and be there in their midst. So, when you combine what is in your spirit with what other believers have in their spirits, something amazing takes place.
This is why it is important to continue to fellowship with one another and join your hearts together in faith, hope, and love. And although I am building a new church, and this may look different, the new church will emphasize the fellowship of believers even more.
As you learn to come together with others in small groups, sharing your hearts together and pouring out to each other, I will appear as promised and add the fullness of My power.
And you will begin to see signs and wonders taking place right where you are. You will begin to see My creative power work in and through you to bring changes to this world.
And then shall my Body rise up as a Mighty Warrior and come against the powers of darkness and the systems of this world. And instead of being subject to the influences of evil men and women, you will become a force to be reckoned with.
I am building a glorious church, and in the time ahead, you will begin to see the manifestation of this church as never before. And there will not be a powerful move of My spirit in just one place where revival springs forth. But revival will become a quality of all churches.
My fire and wind will be poured out on every believer. You will rise up in My power, and My glory will be seen upon you, says the Lord. And you will go out in My power and accomplish what before seemed only a dream.
Then those in the world will look at you with envy and will want to know how you managed to do this. And instead of groveling to the world with a cap in hand, as you have done before, you will be the provider.
Then you will be bold to proclaim My word to the lost and the dying. And you will see Me transform lives that before seemed impossible to change. Those you love will be drawn to Me without you having to preach to them.
Open your eyes then, see the joy that lies ahead, and step forward boldly to take your place and become part of the solution instead of the problem. For this is what I called you to says the Lord, and this is what you will do.