Right Standing with God
During a gathering of friends in August 1994, the Lord wonderfully released prophetic keys involving His strategy and desire for the end-time harvest. Many churches, ministries and individuals have experienced spiritual transitions and re-structuring to function more fruitfully in God’s plan. Therefore, I thought it good to revisit that prophetic word with the expectation of extracting further present day applications. The Lord is searching for saints upon whom He can place powerful mantels of revelation and power to initiate a wave of spiritual harvest. Hopefully, the insight from these visionary encounters will help position us more effectively.
Three Pillars for Harvest
The meeting took place eighteen miles west of Pensacola, Florida at our home in Orange Beach, Alabama. Rick & Julie Joyner, Bobby & Carolyn Conner, and Bob & Viola Jones joined Wanda and I for a few days of fellowship and pursuit of revelatory insight. It seemed that each person received a piece of the prophetic puzzle portraying the Holy Spirit’s desire for Pensacola and the Gulf Coast region. This was approximately ten months prior to the visitation that occurred at Brownsville Assembly of God.
In a spiritual vision, Bob Jones was told that pastor Cho of South Korea received a prophetic word involving Pensacola. We were not certain of the word’s content, but the Lord affirmed that it was valid and accurate. Furthermore, the Lord outlined in the revelations a threefold application of His desire. The three pillars for harvest are:
Repentance = Righteousness = Power Evangelism
When we embody the Spirit of Truth, He will bring the conviction of sin that initiates Godly granted repentance. (John 16:8-9) The Lord Jesus thankfully promises that if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive and cleanse us. (1 John 1:9) Clearly, repentance was the most notable attribute of the Brownsville outpouring.
The apostle Paul, writing to his spiritual son Timothy stated,
In humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will — 2 Timothy 2:25-26
Correction leads to repentance that awakens us to the knowledge of the truth. It brings us to our senses and allows deliverance from devices and snares of the adversary hindering the high call of God.
Established in Righteousness
Secondly, the revelation expressed the Lord’s aspiration for true righteousness to emerge from an atmosphere of contrition. Right standing with God is fundamentally essential for individuals to be utilized by Him in powerful ways. Although repentance will be a vital component until the end the age, we are now in a passage from repentance into standards of righteousness,
There is a present call to maturity within the body of Christ. Writing to the Hebrews, the apostle admonished them to advance beyond the elementary principles into a place of spiritual adulthood. With maturity, we are poised to taste the good word of God and the power of the Kingdom age. He challenged them and us saying,
Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of instruction about washings and laying on of hands, and the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment.
And this we will do, if God permits. For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come Hebrews 6:1-5
Divinely granted repentance allows apprehension of a more complete knowledge of the truth. A cleansing of our soul then occurs according to the John 17:17 prayer. We are sanctified by truth and established in righteousness.
This was the principle utilized by the Lord with His early apostles. He planted His Word in their hearts and watered it with His Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. This birthed the early apostolic age in supernatural power and impartations of great spiritual authority.
Times of Refreshing
Part of Bob’s 1994 revelation highlighted the ministry of Charles Finney. The working of God in the life of this saint furnishes insight into this blueprint for the harvest of souls. Acts 3:19 provided pivotal inspiration for Finney and the revival he launched. Repentance introduces times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord. This transformation opens the door for the establishment of righteousness and the anointing for harvest as Peter demonstrated in the days following Pentecost.
The Holy Spirit’s outpouring at Brownsville Assembly inaugurated this strategy by stressing repentance. We have recently experienced a season of transition into a more pronounced emphasis on the righteousness of believers. There will be many messages emerging from God’s leaders highlighting intimacy with Jesus and close fellowship with His Spirit. These messages will forge our nature and character according to His.
Friends of God
There is a holy longing birthed in the souls of many to enter into friendship with God that promotes spiritual refinement. The Lord has many servants, but very few friends. The truest form of friendship calls for the removal of all masks and veils. We presently have an unprecedented opportunity to join the company identified as the “friends of God.” To them, great secrets and mysteries of the Kingdom will be confided. (John 15:15)
Righteousness is best described as sharing the Lord’s divine nature and escaping the corruption of this world and its lusts. (2 Peter 1:4) Being endowed with the nature of Christ allows us to reflect His image. Then we can be entrusted with awesome deposits of Heavenly virtue and authority without corrupting their purity.
Experiential apprehension of these foundations will impart the enablement of God for us to complete the third stage— power evangelism. True spiritual harvest is the integration of the Word and Spirit producing a demonstration of God’s Kingdom and His power.
Our perfect example is best discovered in the ministry of Christ. The Bible records that He went about Judea teaching in their synagogues, declaring the message of the Kingdom and healing all manner of sickness and disease. (Matthew 4:23) He supplied the purest definition of power evangelism.
One final aspect of the 1994 revelations involved God’s intent for intercessory prayer in the western church to reach a much higher level. The Holy Spirit expressly promised an impartation of His grace for intercession from the South Korean Prayer Mountain.
The Lord symbolically portrayed shipping navigation to communicate this strategy. He is presently preparing “lighthouses” of God to furnish abundant light to the leader-SHIPS for adequate navigation throughout these perilous times. They will be “lighthouses” of prayer and revelatory insight that will uncover submerged obstructions and prevent shipwreck.
A lighthouse is defined as a structure along coastal waters to guide ships by day as a land marker or project light during darkness. Lighthouses are primarily constructed in strategic points to mark entrances to harbors. They help identify a ships location and warn the ships of potential hazards. Each of these functions symbolically conveys spiritual meaning.
Substantial spiritual “light” is about to be released in the house of God. This inspired revelatory truth will highlight the promises of God for this generation and places that are havens of rest. His light dispels darkness and uncovers the schemes of the adversary promoting shipwreck. The spiritual “lighthouses” will impart great understanding and wisdom essential in accomplishing our prophetic mandates.
Schools of Ministry
The schools of ministry chosen for this duty will be commissioned to ignite passion in the hearts of its people and training as spiritual warriors. The last century birthed three significant expressions of revival according to this model.
During the spring of 1900 Charles Parham became burdened with the “weight” of God. He spiritually discerned something fresh and new on the horizon that created a yeaning in him for greater personal manifestations of spiritual power. As a result, he withdrew from the evangelistic field and gathered a small company of consecrated students from his Topeka, Kansas ministry school. For the remainder of the year they devoted themselves to prayer and prophetic proclamation of God’s promises from His Word.
On December 31st, 1900, while the group fervently prayed, one student encountered God in the same fashion experienced by the 120 on the Day of Pentecost. This reintroduction of God’s infilling launched the Pentecostal Age which has now swept the nations of the earth.
In like fashion, Evan Roberts was in the Newcastle Emlyn ministry school when the Holy Spirit fell upon him igniting the 1904 Welch revival. He had been encountering God is significant ways in the months preceding his entrance to the school. However, two weeks after arriving at the school He had an experience with God. This empowering of the Spirit transformed Roberts into a Revivalist who altered the spiritual atmosphere of Wales.
Finally, on February 12, 1948 in the North Battleford, Saskatchewan Sharon School of Ministry, the Canadian Latter Rain revival was birthed. After attending a 1947 William Branham healing meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, leaders of the Sharon School returned with passionate desire to see revival launched in their own region. Their year long season of consecration, fasting and prayer was answered with a mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
Our present times are both sobering and exciting. End-time mandates and promises are positioned to be released to a body of people prepared for them. There is a yielded cooperation with the Holy Spirit necessary for our preparation. Even so, there is a marked increase in intensity and focus within many Christians related to this grooming process.
The Spirit of the Lord is placing his finger on issues of our lives that He desires to extract. As we sincerely repent of these shortcomings, a grace is released to cleanse us and prepare us in righteousness. True repentance is not the mere recital of empty words, but an expression of Godly sorrow for sin. When the Lord sees His image reflected in us, then there will be notable releases of His power essential in the great harvest.
Sowing Into a Younger Generation
by Shawn Bolz
Through many WhiteDove Ministry newsletters I have written numerous articles involving the younger generation. I am not considered a youth leader or young adult minister. However, the Lord has often encountered me as an “older” one of the younger generation who has grown up with purpose and destiny as part of Joel’s army.
Our ministry loves and is called to equip people of all age groups. We as an entire generation are about to enter one of the greatest spiritual purposes in history.
Theresa Lea, a good friend of ours and a powerfully anointed prophetic person, has often said, “We must see each other at the end of the race holding a trophy.”
While at a wonderful conference held by Frontline Worship Center in Alberta Canada, this phrase took on significant meaning. During a session conducted by Heidi Baker, I went into a spiritual trance that transitioned into an open vision.
The vision revealed many young people on the earth right now. I saw that God had made an investment into them and that it was time to harvest this investment; it was a fullness of time moment. The revelation seemed to emphasize people from the ages of 17-25, though every age group will be vital in God’s plan.
As I observed this future army there was not much about them that seemed compelling. Suddenly the Holy Spirit began to hover over them and my eyes were opened to see them from God’s perspective.
The young people in front of me were transformed as though they were at the end of their lives having finished their race as champions; each one was holding the victors trophy. It was amazing because as I looked at each one of them my spiritual eyes were opened to see the fullness of what was available to them. I could see their opportunities for greatness and the ability offered them to find Jesus in a way that was rare and awesome.
Eyes of Eternity
“This is how I see them.” The Holy Spirit said to me. “I see them at the end of their race with the trophy in hand.” I remembered Theresa’s voice saying these same words.
I looked again and I saw them normal; the glory had faded. They were in the same condition as when the vision started; they were not visibly special. They were no longer in their fullness as I had seen them spiritually. They were just irresponsible young people that seemed more self absorbed than any generation before.
“What do you see in front of you?” The Lord asked. “I don’t want to tell You; I liked what I saw a moment ago when they had their trophies and crowns,” I responded.
The Lord then said, “That is how I always see them. I want to invite you to see them in their fullness, at the end of the race, fully rewarded for their “Yes” to me. If you see them this way with My eyes then you will treat them this way. If you treat them this way, then they can rise up to the occasion to run the race of life as overcomers. They will rise up and live after the spiritual truth that you awaken and invite them to.”
The Lord then revealed John in the book of Revelation chapters 2-3 when He spoke to him about the seven churches. Jesus was very honest with their weakness but invited them into His fullness. He promised them many things based on His expectation that they would desire to say “yes” to His Spirit who would empower them to “overcome.” The key is that He didn’t hope they would, He knew already the ones whose desire was for Him. To them He imparted the virtue to overcome.
John’s Great Revelation of the Fully Prepared Bride
I then saw John in Revelation 19 as he was given the vision of the radiant bride who had embraced the righteousness of Christ. Obviously the whole bride of Christ is not yet perfected, but John saw her as though she was. It was the most sacred thing that John saw besides Jesus Himself.
Because of this, John was able to love those that God loved on earth in a supernatural way because he saw them in the Lord’s perfection. He saw her at the end of the race fully prepared as a bride to meet her Bridegroom and say “YES” with all her heart.
This is the same principle that God desires that we use in looking at the younger generation. Not necessarily who they now are but who they can be. Many people are aware of their calling to invest into the younger generation but oftentimes do not know how. I challenge you to see them with the eyes of heaven from God’s perspective in eternity. This will cause you to help them go higher toward their eternal destiny; not just treat them based on their current level of maturity (or lack there of).
God is calling forth a generation that will advance in a Kingdom way. A paraphrased definition of growth in Kingdom principles involves maturing at an escalated pace. The speed of eternity is even faster than the speed of light. What takes 20 years for previous generations to learn becomes common for a Kingdom generation to gain in only one year. Peter understood this principle in 2 Peter 3:8.