Paul Keith Davis
Throughout the world millions recognize this present day as the consummation of the ages and God’s grand finale with Latter Rain Truth. The Scriptures tell us that the Spirit of Truth is promised as our heritage to guide us into all truth and to show us things to come.
“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. “He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. “All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.” –John 16:13-15
The deep things of God are known only to Him, but are revealed to us through His Spirit. That is the promise of 1 Corinthians 2. Therefore, it is our expectation to witness an unprecedented outpouring of His Spirit and unfolding Last Day mysteries that will perfect the bride and empower the Sons of the Kingdom.
Mere human knowledge is not sufficient to bring in the great harvest. We must be endowed with God’s supernatural provision that is clearly promised for this hour. To do so, every saint of God must come to the realization that Christ is “all in all.”
He is Light; He is the Way, Truth, Life; He is the Resurrection; He is Wisdom; He is Righteousness; He is Goodness; He is Understanding; He is Alpha and Omega; He is the Beginning and the End; He is All in All.
To merely acknowledge these as doctrinal truth is not sufficient. They must become experiential reality through personal encounters with the Living Christ. The Lord is standing at the door knocking with a personal invitation for profound fellowship and the unveiling of Latter Rain revelation. For those who will forsake all else to dine with Him, this will be an age of greater glory and personal transformation into His very image.
Soaring with Him
Indisputably our great desire is to soar in the Spirit and obtain revelations of God’s nature, power, strategy, and insight. However, to best accommodate this great privilege, we must be firmly “rooted and grounded” in Him. According to the Holy Spirit’s admonition spoken to me while in a Canada; “Go deep in order to go high!”
WE MUST BE:
1. Rooted and grounded in love (Ephesians 3:17).
2. Rooted and grounded in faith (Colossians 1:23).
3. Rooted and grounded in truth (2 Timothy 3:15).
I cannot overemphasize the importance of these three foundations in order for us to be trusted with the Lord’s secrets. We are living in a generation privileged to be endowed with the Spirit of Revelation leading us into comprehension of the mysteries of the Kingdom. To facilitate this in us, we must be established in Truth, Faith, and Love to properly understand and appropriate His heart.
The more firmly we are grounded, the more capable we become to penetrate Heaven by the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation and embrace insight with understanding.
The pursuit of truth will lead us to places in the Spirit yielding the fruit of righteousness and power. The quest for knowledge without truth can result in pride and arrogance.
A clear distinction between the two is essential for personal transformation and maturity. When we cultivate a love for truth, we will not be turned over to deluding influences that will characterize those who have rejected Christ in the last days (2 Thessalonians 2:10-11).
In the Spirit
Presently many believers are oppressed with feelings of hopelessness, fear, doubt, and other bondages which the enemy exploits. It is the Holy Spirit’s desire to carry believers above this realm, into the Spirit, where our blessings and provisions are discovered in Christ. In this higher realm, we embrace hope to displace hopelessness and fear is overcome by faith.
This truth is evidenced in both the Old and New Testaments. On one occasion, the prophet Elisha boldly encountered the armies of the king of Aram without timidity or reservation. Conversely, his servant was battling issues of fear and doubt. That is, until he was carried above that realm to discover the more accurate spiritual perspective. God’s governmental leader helped his servant above the soulish realm of anxiety and uncertainty by saying:
Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them. Then Elisha prayed and said, “O LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” And the LORD opened the servant’s eyes and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. —2 Kings 6:16-17
When the prophet prayed for his servant, the impartation of the anointing allowed the servant access to the realm of faith and supernatural vision. As a result, he was changed and his perspective radically transformed. The limited view this servant previously held is the only one his adversary, the devil, wanted him to comprehend.
Likewise, the enemy desires that we see only the seemingly insurmountable obstacles and difficulties that stand between us and our destiny. Therefore, when we walk by the Spirit, we will not carry out the deeds of our fallen nature.
In Elisha’s servant, the above experience radically affected his life—his eyes were opened and he saw. In a similar way, the Holy Spirit desires that we carry this anointing that opens eyes and distinguishes between the deceptions of our adversary and the provision of our Redeemer.
Experientially comprehending our Source unleashes supernatural faith to live above this worldly realm and access the heavenly dimension.
The Holy Spirit has made it profoundly clear to me that this powerful woman’s ministry was a prototype or forerunner introduction to the mature sons and daughters of God. Visions and revelations seemed to be an integral part of Maria Woodworth-Etter’s ministry. This realm of the Holy Spirit was experienced by both those who were saved and others who attended the meetings to ridicule and mock her ministry.
It is well documented that many saints who were bound by various forms of oppression and sickness were delivered through their supernatural encounter with the heavenly realm during these meetings.
In each meeting in which this dimension was opened, a reverential awe permeated the auditorium and forever changed each one touched. Many individuals who discovered that “open door” in her meetings made lifelong commitments to the Lord. It is reported that some actually received the gift of speaking other languages and were commissioned as missionaries to the nations.
Woodworth-Etter reported that prophetic utterances were given to young and old alike concerning future events, many of which took place within days or weeks. Others returned with supernatural knowledge and insight they had no way of knowing within themselves.
In each case, people were captured by the humility and contrition demonstrated in the lives of those who encountered God in this deeper spiritual arena. No one boasted or acted superficially; only reverence, contrition, and a life of consecration to God was evidenced. Even so, great joy also characterized this remarkable woman’s life and ministry.
In one particular meeting held in St. Louis, Missouri, the people of the city were particularly harsh in their treatment of this precious sister and her ministry team. The meetings were attended by some of the most hardened characters in the city. In her journal, Maria Woodworth-Etter wrote: “Men stood on the seats with hats on, cigars and pipes in their mouths, coats off and sleeves rolled up . . . women wore dirty aprons . . . and bare armed . . . they would shoot off firecrackers and when we sang, they sang even louder and when we prayed, they clapped their hands and cheered. They carry pistols and clubs and were ready to kill us and tear down the tent.”
However, the end of her story is quite different. The Lord faithfully heard the prayers of His devoted saints and responded by opening the Heavens and giving people visions of Heaven and Hell. Through the Holy Spirit, the people encountered a spiritual dimension.
The results were stunning, according to Woodworth-Etter: “The fear of God came upon the multitude. The sweat came on their faces and they stood as though in a trance; men began to take their pipes out of their mouths and their hats off. The women began to cover their bare necks and arms with aprons. They felt they stood naked and guilty before God. They began to get off the seats (from standing) and sit down but some fell and lay like dead.”
Evidence of a tangible touch from the third Heaven was apparent and easily discerned. This was true both for those who were saved and those who were not. The fruit was visible through the people’s responses and by its consistency with the Scriptures. Often it is recorded in Maria Woodworth-Etter’s writings that sinners and saints alike would cry out in reverential fear when the heavenly dimension was opened to them.
A phenomenal opportunity to encounter and embrace our Heavenly Father is being given to the Church around the world today. It is one that must be welcomed and protected. With the dawning of this new day in Church History, the anointing of Heaven is disbursed in the spiritual atmosphere so those truly seeking Truth can lay hold of it and obtain great insight with understanding. As Sons of the Kingdom ask with sincerity for this deposit, it will be received. Our spiritual eyes will be illumined to see the Scriptures from Heaven’s perspective not merely man’s.
The spiritual realities that are being birthed in the earth now will have no end. They will literally flow into the millennial age and the coming manifestation of His Kingdom on the earth.
Though we do not know when those days will be fully revealed, we do know that the purposes now being birthed will advance directly into that age. We will begin to taste the good Word of God and the Power of the age to come. Like the beloved disciple John in his notable revelations, we will be allowed to eat the open book containing the full manifestation of the Lord’s redemptive plans and purposes. This will be the tasting of His Kingdom Word and a demonstration of Kingdom Might, in order to wonderfully introduce the Lord Jesus in Truth and Power, to an entire generation.
It is my heart and ambition to encourage every believer to pursue this God-given reality.” Sonship” is much more than a message, it is a relationship. The relationship of a son to his Father and the way to sonship is not by “doing” but by “becoming.”
Positioning for Promise
Much has been prophesied about the soon-coming rains of revival that will carry with them the fulfilled expressions of many long awaited promises carried deep within the hearts of God’s people. But how can we position ourselves to see, receive and steward the blessing that is approaching?
Can we live our lives in such a way as to see the eyes of the Lord cease from their searching to rest upon a house, a people, a region and even a nation? Will He find hearts that are completely His that He may openly demonstrate and display His awesome power for the entire world to see and be changed (see 2 Chronicles 16:9)?
Faith and Patience
What is required of us to see these promises fulfilled that we might fully inherit the all that we have been given (see Ephesians 1:3)? It is in the working together of faith and patience that we inherit these promises (see Hebrews 6:7 and 12).
If asked, most of us would claim to be strong in faith with admitted room for growth in the area of patience. However, faith cannot be viewed as simply the act of believing or a conviction that something will come to pass. True faith is more so defined by what fuels our belief than what our belief produces or accomplishes (see 1 Corinthians 13:1-8a).
…faith is activated and energized and expressed and working through love (Galatians 5:6AMP).
Patience can be defined as the ability or willingness to suppress restlessness when confronted with delay. It speaks of perseverance without complaint or irritation. Patience when practiced becomes an active participant in partnering with the promise.
While patience often includes the posture of waiting, it is more about the position of our hearts being at rest in the midst of the waiting process. It comes down to a position of trusting the Lord to do something for us that is far greater than we could do for ourselves.
When faced with delay, our question should not be “how long do I have to wait” rather our question should be “what is it in me the Lord is looking to develop in this season and how can I posture myself accordingly?” The sooner we see this, the sooner the work within us is more fully engaged.
Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand (James 5:7-8).
Establish Your Hearts
We must marry faith and patience as we allow the seeds of Gods’ Word to be sown deep within our hearts. In so doing, the soil of our circumstances will begin to show the early signs of blessing and breakthrough as the long awaited promises of God are first conceived and then birthed.
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart (Galatians 6:9).
God has apportioned blessings to come upon and overtake those who respond in obedience to His voice. It is important to also recognize and cooperate with what the season we are in requires to see, receive and steward these blessings.
The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season…(Deuteronomy 28:12a).
We are approaching the end of a season that has carried with it much delay. However, as we prepare to transition from where we have been to where we are called to be, the establishing of our hearts in faith and patience will be what brings us over the hump and into the land of promise.
In the early hours of June 6th, 2012, I was given a vivid dream in which I was staying in an exquisite home made of stone. The house was full of character and in some ways felt alive. It was also exceptionally well built and solid, the kind of house that could have withstood any storm. The house was located at the end of a cobble street, where the street if followed to the end would bring you right to my front door.
Throughout most of this dream I was studying the Scriptures by candlelight while recording revelation with a quill pen and a fountain of blue ink. I was also wearing a type of bifocals that when reading I would look through the bottom half of the lens and when writing, I would look through the top half of the lens.
Although my use of the bifocals would not seem conventional in the natural, I knew that in the dream they represented “new eyes” that are being given today to prepare us for tomorrow. These bifocals and their use spoke to me of a present day revelation and understanding that would give us insight as to how to fully position ourselves for what God is unfolding in these last days.
In this dream, I could feel myself consumed in my study of the Word and my related writing when all of a sudden I heard three very loud and somewhat alarming knocks at the door that coincided with three incredible and unexpected crackling roars of thunder. As I swung open the large wooden door, a cool yet forceful wind rushed through the doorway and filled the house.
As the wind whirled through the house it seemed to wrap itself around the candle in a clockwise motion. With this motion, it began to pull the light of the flame into the whirling wind until it became a radiant breath of light that fully illuminated the room while also shining a ray of what looked like living light through the opened door and into the night street.
As my eyes followed the path of light that had emerged from my doorway, I saw an advancing wall of water pushing its way toward me, bringing with it a deluge of heavy rain and crackling thunder. As I looked deeper into the street it became clear that the torrent was falling in a sideways stream.
As I peered into the street, I saw five young women who looked to be in their early twenties, modestly dressed with a look of determination on their faces. They were scrambling through the streets beating feverishly on the doors of the surrounding houses that lined the cobble street.
I could feel they were on edge emotionally. On one side they had great resolve and on the other side they appeared to be on the brink of despair. There was the sense that they were either going to “breakthrough” or “break down” depending on how the next few moments played out.
Although these women were pounding aggressively on their respective doors quite loudly, I could see through the windows of the surrounding homes that there was no one to respond. The houses were pitch black and there was no visible sign of life. Many of the homes had the look and feel of homes that had been abandoned.
I suddenly remembered the knock that had been on my own door. I looked down and saw the young woman at my door. Her hands were trembling in desperation as she clasped them together and motioned to me crying out: “Please sir-there is no one to DECLARE RESTORE!”
But this is a people robbed and plundered; all of them are snared in holes, and they are hidden in prison houses; they are for prey, and no one delivers; for plunder, and no one says, “Restore!” Who among you will give ear to this? Who will listen and hear for the time to come? (Isaiah 42:22-23)
Let’s take a look at some of the prophetic applications that come with this dream as well as how to position ourselves for the soon coming rains of revival. With this approaching outpouring, the God of Glory is preparing to thunder over the waters of our day. The power and majesty of His voice will usher in the much-needed breakthrough and birthing of His intended purposes for the hour in which we live (see Psalm 29).
A Spiritual House
The house in this dream represents houses that are revelatory and relational in nature. These houses have not been founded upon the wisdom of man, but built upon the foundation of Jesus Christ according to the heavenly blueprint.
Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:4-5).
In coming to the Lord we are also joined to one another as living stones in the building of His house. It is in this place that we assume the priestly privilege of offering to God that which He truly desires of us.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart— These, O God, You will not despise (Psalm 51:17).
These sacrifices are not only a sweet smelling fragrance to God, but also the kindling and fuel upon which the fires of revival fall. It is in this place of humility, as we draw near to Him that He draws near to us (see James 4:6 & 8).
For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones (Isaiah 57:15).”
Just about every significant move of God has been preceded by a remnant of people gathered in relationship around prophetic promise with an insatiable desire to meet with God. We can see this truth repeated throughout history as well as documented within the pages of Scripture.
This house represents an invitation to a position and place that is available to all of us. This is the place where we find our family or tribe (see Psalm 68:6). It is where we find protection from the storms of life (see Proverbs 18:10). It is the place where our hearts are encouraged and knit together in God (See Colossians 2:2). It is the place where iron sharpens iron as we draw the best out of one another (see Proverbs 27:17). It is home and it is found in Him.
Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit (Ephesians 2:19-22).
A City For A Dwelling Place
So oftentimes in Christianity, we are looking to get to the next new place that God is moving and although this type of pursuit is great and strongly encouraged, there is something higher and it is reserved for the hungry! You see, the hungry bring the next move of God to them!
He turns a wilderness into pools of water, and dry land into watersprings. There He makes the hungry dwell, that they may establish a city for a dwelling place, and sow fields and plant vineyards, that they may yield a fruitful harvest. (Psalm 107:35-37)
If you find yourself in a dry land or a wilderness season, ask the Lord for the grace of hunger and watch how He begins to visit you through His Word. Before you know it, you will begin to see your life, your land and your season transformed as you turn to the Word and behold His glory (see 2 Corinthians 3:16-18).
For those who desire it, the Lord is allowing us to look into the depth of His Word with “New Eyes” whereby we will see by revelation beautiful truths in a way that we have not seen in times past; restoring the Lord’s original intent and purpose for creation. With this illumination, we will be given insight and understanding as to how to position ourselves for what’s coming.
With these “New Eyes” also comes an all-consuming hunger for the Word of God. I am humbled to say that this has also been the case for me in the natural since having this encounter.
This tells me that there is an impartation being granted to us that will bring with it a dramatic increase in revelation and our ability to “eat the book” as John was told in Revelation 10 (see vs 1-8 as well as Ezekiel 3:1-3).
In the same way that the Lord Jesus was the Word that became flesh and dwelt among us as we beheld His Glory (see John 1:14) we too must take hold of the Word and consume all that it contains until we become the Word. It is from this place that we become the pure prophetic representation of His voice to the world around us.
Houses that Restore will be Houses of Much More
It is of utmost importance, during this season that we not be so immersed in what we are doing for God that we miss the knock of God. It would have been easy, in the midst of my personal preparation, for me to dismiss the knock at my door.
In opening the door, I was given three things. First, the light that I had been given significantly increased. Secondly, I was able to see clearly what is coming. Thirdly, I was able to “hear for the time to come.”
In a time of restoration, the prophet Zechariah exhorted Judah saying:
Ask the Lord for rain in the time of the latter rain…(Zechariah 10:1a)
The Need for Restoration
In this dream, the need for restoration preceded the soon coming rains of revival.
Restoration by definition is the action of returning something (or someone) to a former owner, place, or condition. In the same way that “Restoration is the action of returning…” it can also be said that the act of “returning” initiates the process of restoration.
When God restores someone or something He does not simply restore that person or that thing from the place where they had fallen. When the Lord restores, He restores back to His original intent and purpose for that individual, place or thing. We are all in a process of restoration.
Come, and let us return to the Lord; For He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. After two days He will revive us; on the third day He will raise us up, that we may live in His sight. Let us know; Let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord. His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, like the latter and former rain to the earth (Hosea 6:1-3)