The angel stated that his name is “Breakthrough” and he has been assigned to the United States. That is what was articulated to Bob Jones in one of the most significant visitations he has ever received.
Over the past 12 years I have watched the revelatory realm open to Bob in profound ways. It was quite astounding for him to tell me that he has recently had the second most powerful visitation of his life. The only one higher came directly from the Lord Jesus Himself.
On Friday, March 24th, as Bob was preparing for prayer, he immediately went into an Acts 10:10 type of trance. Bob’s highest revelations come in this way. As the visitation commenced, Bob saw what appeared to be 12 ordinary “men” approaching him. Although they had the appearance of men he knew they were angels. The one in front seemed to be the most prominent and served as spokesman for the group.
He said, “My name is ‘Breakthrough’ and I have now been assigned to the United States.” For approximately 30 minutes the angel shared with Bob historical accounts of past revivals that transpired to God’s glory that he was involved in. His job is to release breakthrough and awakening to initiate a wave of harvest by extracting all obstacles to God’s plans while the other angels gather the harvest.
Most prominently, he shared his involvement in the life of Benson Idahosa. The angel specifically articulated that he has now been assigned to the United States from Nigeria. He had previously been intimately involved in the ministry of this great man of God throughout Nigeria and other African nations.
Without Bob knowing the natural history beforehand, the angel shared with him great revivals that brought many souls into God’s Kingdom that he was responsible for. The angel specifically stated that he has been in the United States for approximately two years laying the groundwork for the next revival. A revival, he said, that present stadiums are not adequate to hold once it is fully manifested.
This revelation is particularly significant for me as it directly relates to a word that we have been sharing throughout the body of Christ since October 2003.
Angels That Gather
In the fall of 2003, Wanda and I had been invited to participate in a dedication service with our friends at Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Albany, OR. This wonderful flourishing church had expanded its facility to a 1500 seat auditorium. Many of our ministry friends had accepted the invitation to participate in its dedication. Because of a prior commitment on the East Coast during this October week, we were not able to participate in the inaugural service beginning on Thursday.
On Friday October 17, Wanda and I arrived early at the airport to make the journey across the nation to Albany to join our friends Bob Jones, Bobby Connor, Don and Christine Potter and others who already involved in the services. The entirety of that day was spent on airplanes and in airports. It was not a positive spiritual atmosphere. The events of that day certainly did not prepare me for what transpired the moment I stepped into the sanctuary on that Friday evening.
Very often we have mistaken notion that we must spend extended periods of time in prayer and fasting for the Lord to speak to us in clear and concise ways. Naturally, that is a good way to position ourselves before God’s Throne to hear from Him.
Nevertheless, the Lord also chooses to speak in ways that sometimes surprises us. The hardship of simple life issues on the island of Patmos surely made John’s revelations all the more meaningful.
Clearly John’s revelations are some of the most profound ever entrusted to man, but the principle is the same. The Lord will often speak to us in the midst of a storm, while in a great trial or even after a long day of airline travel.
A Shocking Revelation
Because of the length of time it required for us to make the trip, the service had already begun by the time we arrived. Don Potter was leading worship and the people were fully engaged in the service.
As our as escort opened the side door leading to the sanctuary I placed my first step into the new auditorium. Instantly, with that first step, I was seeing both the natural and spiritual realms at the same time. Although my natural eyes were still seeing the people as they worshiped, my spiritual eyes were open to see the Spirit’s realm. I clearly saw, with open eyes, angels standing from one corner of the building across the back to the other corner.
Each angel appeared to be about six to seven feet tall. They were standing approximately six feet apart and they each wore a white robe that reached to their feet. They were each watching the podium as Don Potter was leading worship. Some had golden belts that seemed to be made of a rope-like material and others had golden sashes of the exact same color that draped across their chest.
Their countenance was compassionate and caring. Some from heaven’s host are fierce and overwhelming in appearance, but these seemed tender and loving. I initially struggled to find the right words to depict their demeanor.
My first question was, “who are they.” The answer came immediately and emphatically. The Spirit said, “they are angels that gather.” To my knowledge, I had never before heard that expression. “Angels that gather” was a fresh revelation to me.
As I took the seat next to the pastor I advised him that there were angels standing across the back of his Church. He asked what kind of angels and I firmly and authoritatively stated, “They are angels that gather,” although that phrase was made known to me only moments before.
I needed a scripture to confirm my statement to the pastor. I fortunately was able to discover the biblical affirmation of this reality in Matthew 13.
Matthew 13:37-43 directly affects the latter day generation and outlines our provision for the end-time confrontation. Jesus said so in this passage. It is a clear outline of the spiritual conflict that will exist in the days immediately preceding His return.
In Matthew 13 the Lord gives the following interpretation involving the latter-day generation saying,
And He said, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man, and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one; and the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are angels.” So just as the tares are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at the end of the age.”
“The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then THE RIGHTEOUS WILL SHINE FORTH AS THE SUN in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.” Matthew 13:37-43
The Bible plainly articulates that the field in which the Lord has sown good seed is the world. The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The seed that He imparts are the children of the Kingdom. The Lord Jesus Himself clearly states that there are a host of angels designated for the end-time generation who will work collectively with God’s people in the labor of the last-day harvest.
“Angels that gather” will not only collect the wheat into the barn but also extract stumbling blocks that interfere with the flourishing of God’s Kingdom. This is the spiritual provision Bob was seeing in his experience. The main angel provided breakthrough while the others gathered the harvest.
Bob’s Vision Continued
The angel called “Breakthrough” continued to speak with Bob about God’s end-time strategy. He shared how Benson Idahosa was often commissioned into a nation or region with God’s mandate. No matter what the opposition was, all obstacles were removed through “Breakthrough” so that a harvest of souls could be achieved. That is the model for these coming days and our promised harvest.
The angel then told Bob that everything he was observing in this vision was a prophecy. He then asked, “What do you see.” Bob replied that their appearance seemed so ordinary. The angel’s response was “precisely.” “We are going to work with ordinary people who have fully yielded their spirit, soul and body to the Lord,” he said.
Those used most prominently in this installment of God’s plan will not boast in their wisdom or might, but in knowing the Lord intimately. Jeremiah 9:23-24 speaks of this attribute saying,
Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD.
It is the Lord’s intent during this season to fully mobilize the Body of Christ into its function as God’s intermediary on the Earth. The foremost responsibility of the five-fold ministry is to equip God’s people to do the work of the ministry. Even the feeblest among us should be as noble and victorious as the great worshiping-warrior, King David. (Zechariah 12:8)
Move, Move, Move
Breakthrough then shouted, “move, move, move!” From this Bob knew that there would be at least three major expressions of this spiritual dynamic soon to take place. It also articulated our directive to move in faith on the earth in order to cooperate in the Spirit with this Heavenly host. This is an end-time strategy that is to be employed now.
The predominant Scripture to be utilized in this commissioning is Matthew 10:7-8 declaring,
And as you go, preach, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give.”
This will be a season of harvest; a harvest of souls and a harvest of promises. Even so, it will come not by the mere articulation of words but also with power. That is the pattern of the early Church and the one we see demonstrated in the life and ministry of Benson Idahosa.
In Exodus 23 God promised to send an Angel before Israel to overcome every enemy and establish them in the land of promise. Their obedience to the Word assured their victory and released the Lord to remove sickness from their midst. In like fashion, a wave of healing will accompany this season of grace we are now entering.
Knowing the Timing
The presence of these angels will be very similar to the spiritual sign given to King David in his battle with the Philistines in 2 Samuel 5. When David inquired of the Lord for divine strategy and precise timing, the Lord released “breakthrough” to route all opposition to grant a complete victory! The scripture emphasizes that,
David came to Baal-perazim, and defeated them there; and he said, “The LORD has broken through my enemies before me like the breakthrough of waters.” Therefore he named that place Baal-perazim. (The master of breakthrough)
Victory is achieved in the spirit realm first, and then manifested in the natural realm. In the continuation of this prophetic scenario, the Bible tells us David knew to move against his enemies when he discerned wind blowing among the balsam trees.
Following that example, we will learn in this day to co-operate with the Lord’s timing when we discern God’s winds, His angels, moving on our behalf. There will be cooperation between heaven and earth in this powerful dynamic. (Hebrews 1:7)
Finally, when the angel asked again what Bob saw, the only other dynamic in the vision that Bob could perceive seemed to be the angel’s friendly demeanor. That in itself is also a prophecy. The end-time church will learn to cooperate fully with the spiritual host assigned to us as friends learn to cohesively work in unison with their closest friends.
It is our responsibility to meticulously follow the Holy Spirit’s leadership to fully activate every spiritual dynamic and resource allotted to us. We release on the earth what we discern in the Spirit.
One final Scripture reference the angel gave to Bob in his visitation came from Genesis 38:27-30. In this passage we discover the birthing of Judah’s twins. The messenger emphasized the prophetic significance of the names given to these infants as a parabolic picture.
Perez= Breach; Zarach=dawning/rising
If we are to qualify to be utilized in this spiritual move we must possess boldness and determination. It would be a breach for us to put our hand to this task and then draw it back. According to Hebrew 10:37-39,
For yet a little while, and He who is coming will come and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back, my soul has no pleasure in him. But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.
We cannot be among those who drawback because of opposition or fear, but rather among those who press forward to see breakthrough achieved.
A Confirming Visitation
As a final confirmation to this revelation, the Lord also visited with a friend of ours while in Nigeria in 2004 with the same revelation. At the time that I wrote our March 2004 newsletter outlining the vision of the “angels that gather”, our friend, Pastor Randy Demain had accepted an invitation to participate in a missionary trip to Nigeria.
While in an open air meeting, Randy watched as the Holy Spirit accomplished virtually every manifestation we read about in the book of Acts. Mighty miracles, signs and wonders were taking place in this meeting. Many souls came into God’s Kingdom through that demonstration of His Spirit.
That evening when Randy returned to his room he could not sleep because of excitement and decided to simply worship the Lord. As he did, he heard an audible voice ask, “I have a gift for you will you receive it?”
Much to his surprise it was the Lord asking if he would be willing to accept a spiritual gift. When he responded with an affirmation, Randy perceived with his open eyes the angel that the Lord desired to assign to him. His name was “breakthrough revival.”
The Lord went on to explain to Randy that this angel had been assigned to Benson Idahosa until his death in 1998. The Lord shared how “Breakthrough” removes all obstacles and stumbling blocks so that God’s people can pray to the Lord of the Harvest and reap a bountiful gathering of souls.
This was explained to Randy in the visitation before he returned home and actually read our newsletter outlining this exact end-time strategy. For the past two years Randy and I have been sharing this revelation laying the groundwork for a wave of harvest. We believe this will be a harvest of harvesters. For more information on this message please see “Angels That Gather” DVD.
Embracing our Opportunity
We have arrived at a “fullness of time” juncture of church history. God’s end-time plan is being set in motion. Naturally, this is not the only thing that He is doing but it is certainly a vital part.
Our role is to continue to pursue the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ Jesus and become men and women of prayer. This empowers the spiritual host to battle on our behalf in the spiritual realm to achieve notable victories to the Lord’s glory.
There is a spiritual principle that states where evil abounds, grace does much more abound. Clearly our nation is in trouble. Nevertheless, the Lord is extending an incredible opportunity for His great-grace. We must embrace every divine opportunity and employ these incredible gifts being delegated to us at this crucial moment.