August 22, 2002

Blessings to you friends,

We once again find ourselves writing to hopefully not only share, with the Lord’s help, insight with understanding but also words of encouragement and expectancy during this season of heightened spiritual activity. The Holy Spirit has continued to emphasize that we are entering the “harvest” age in which both the seeds of Light and darkness are coming to maturity.

Although we are just now experiencing the early days of this era of Church history, it remains clearly evident that darkness is becoming increasingly oppressive. Nonetheless, it is also the time for the sons and daughters of Light to begin to shine as we also move on to maturity and press toward the goal of our high calling.

In the days following a recent prophetic conference in which the Lord wonderfully helped us achieve His purposes, we discovered quite a stirring in the realm of the spirit…particularly the “second heaven” where our adversary’s plans and purposes are formulated. The Lord spoke very clearly this week that we are not to be overly alarmed by the increase in unrighteousness and spiritual darkness. It is an indication of the outstanding time in which we are living.

THE EVENING TIME

It is the “evening time” of human history. Though we do not know how many years this will last, it is clear that the spiritual forces of darkness are beginning to increase and amplify. Even so, also are the children of Light as we are called to a place of purity, power and authority to confront the Lord’s enemies.

Therefore do not be partakers with them; for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. (Ephesians 5:7-10)

This day is so remarkable that only the Holy Spirit can make ready a company of people to meet the challenges and spiritual demands of this hour. This was foretold in the Scriptures.

The Holy Spirit spoke through the prophet Zechariah highlighting this day and its unique qualities. The Scriptures described it as a “dismal” day of both light and darkness. The Lord promises, it shall be Light in the evening time. It was at the evening time during the “cool of the day” when God walked with Adam in the Garden according to His original design. The Holy Spirit is molding and grooming those through whom He will express His Light and Power and walk with in the “cool of the day”.

TO BRING OUT PRISONERS

In a very vivid dream this week, the Lord gave Isaiah 42 as a blueprint for the release of spiritual prisoners from the oppressive dungeons and captivity presently holding many. He is about to rouse Himself as if from a slumber and go forth as a mighty Warrior in zealous indignation and vengeance against His enemies. In the dream I was shown two ministries coming together as one, producing an amplified power and authority to set the captives free. It was the consolidation of the minstrel and prophetic mantles.

The LORD will go forth like a warrior, He will arouse His zeal like a man of war. He will utter a shout, yes, He will raise a war cry. He will prevail against His enemies. (Isaiah 42:13)

For some time now we have been prophetically proclaiming that the union of these two ministries would produce a “war shout” in the realm of the Spirit with far reaching impact and implications. The prophet David was described as both a worshipper and warrior who confronted and overcame those who taunted the armies of God. We are about to witness and comprehend an entirely new dimension of the Lord’s attributes as The Warrior.

OVERCOMING THE DEVOURER

Bob Jones, Wanda, myself and several of our friends have been seeing in a variety of forms, including dreams and visions, the enemy attempting to devour seeds of destiny and purpose before they can come to fruition. This has been illustrated in each case as a “lion” whose initial appearance is fierce and frightening. However, in the revelations given to each, the Lord instantly released power and authority that fully neutralized and paralyzed the efforts of the enemy. It was not because of any virtue or strength of our own, but only because of the impartation of His virtue and authority appropriated through prayer.

Perhaps many of you are seeing the same things. The understanding we have gained from these revelations points to the Lord jealously watching over His plans and purposes as a spiritual guardian empowered and energized through the prayers and intercession of the Saints. The enemy can only have place when we give it to him through the issues of fear, anger, ambition and selfish agendas.

Furthermore, the Lord has again stressed the importance of intercessory prayer in the release of His purposes as well as
overcoming the schemes of the adversary set against the Church and against this nation. The authority to overcome the destructive plans of the enemy is being delegated to us if we will exercise it through repentance and prayer.

A PLAN TO DIVERT THE INTERCESSORS

Bob was shown in a spiritual vision how the enemy is attempting to divert the intercessors in an attempt weaken the prayer covering needed to birth Kingdom plans and purposes. Bob was also shown the adversaries attempt to disengage the prayer support for our ministry. The following is the outline of his revelation.

In the prophetic experience he saw the enemy releasing an evil assignment symbolized by a rattlesnake. This evil spirit is
commissioned to bring confusion and disruption to the plans and purposes presently being birthed by the Holy Spirit. Specifically, there are several cities and regions of emphasis about to experience a release of the Holy Spirit. However, the enemy is hoping to disrupt the greatly needed unity and persistence of the intercessors assigned to press it through.

It is the desire of the adversary to bring confusion and a lack of focus among the ranks of prayer warriors in his effort to interrupt this divine plan. This is even true as it relates to our nation. Several prophetic people are receiving a warning that another “wake-up call” could be imminently facing our country. This can be overcome or greatly diminished.

COVERING OUR NATIONAL LEADERS

Several of the decisions that have come from Washington involving our relationship with Israel and potential invasions of other nations have not been pleasing to the Lord. Not only do we need to continue to pray in unity and focus in the birthing of spiritual purposes but also for the decisions made by our governmental leaders at this crucial time in human history.

Our president cannot make righteous decisions without adequate covering in prayer. Likewise, though there are pockets of people with focus and determination in prayer, on the whole, the Holy Spirit has revealed that much of the Church has returned to a position of lethargy. This could be tragic. The Church is lulled into a spirit of slumber through distractions and entertainment that clouds our vision and determination to birth Kingdom purposes in our nation.

CORPORATE SUPPORT IS NEEDED

In Bob’s experience he saw himself battling the serpent with a “rock.” Although the evil spirit was stunned by the “rock” being rolled against its head, it was not totally destroyed. It was made apparent that it would take a consolidated effort to fully overcome this evil design. It will require the unified voice God’s people taking their place of authority given by the Lord and delegating it through prayer and intercession.

The stakes are high in this confrontation. We are on the threshold of seeing something significant take place and this is an attempt to inhibit our ability to fully consummate the commission given to us.

The main element attempting to be sewn into the hearts of the Church is fear. Although the initial assault is with confusion and disillusionment, it is primarily attempting to sow fear into the ranks. Love is our ultimate defense against fear. Naturally, faith is the opposite attribute of fear but the Scriptures tell us that we have not received a spirit of fear but a power and of love and of a sound mind. Perfect love casts out all fear.

By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. We love, because He first loved us. (I John 4:17 19)

Specifically related to our ministries, we have been shown by the Holy Spirit that the intercessory base supporting this ministry has also taken a few shots from the enemy in an effort to dissolve the foundation of support greatly needed. A substantial covering of prayer and intercession is essential to release the clear and concise prophetic directives for this hour. We highly esteem those assigned to us and appreciate your willingness to stand with this ministry. It is our earnest hope and desire that the articles and newsletters provided insight, focus and encouragement.

OVERCOMING “GOLIATH”

by Paul Keith Davis

Bob Jones, Bobby Conner, Wanda, myself and a team of close friends were in a recent prophetic conference in Birmingham AL. While there, the Lord released a strong anointing during the last service that also contained corporate implications. Only He could have orchestrated the divine release that took place during that time.

We had as part of our ministry team a Jewish believer who is recognized, not only as extremely gifted musician, but also one with spiritual understanding of heavenly sound, light and colors. As I was about to share that morning following a prophetic word spoken by Bob, I felt the Holy Spirit directing us to simply flow with Him and release prophetic proclamations as our brother played the piano. Not only was this the consolidation of the minstrel and prophetic mantles but also a demonstration of the “one new man” ministry.

The Lord seemed to honor our obedience and release a powerful anointing to begin to set captives free and impart seeds of destiny into those who were in attendance. One of the first enemies the Lord had us address was fear. The prevailing spirit of fear was keeping many saints from entering their calling and purpose.

Many of the people were experiencing the fear of failure inhibiting them from exercising their spiritual gifts and walking in obedience to the Holy Spirit. Others were overcome with feelings of dread concerning their marriage and/or the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of their children. Still others were struggling with insecurity concerning their financial well-being and future. All of these are legitimate concerns that we can and must transfer to the Lord for His care and oversight.

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:6 7)

The Holy Spirit has made it clear that what transpired that morning was a “token” of the entire body of Christ and must be applied on a corporate level. The enemy is seeking to amplify and overemphasize these areas to paralyze and neutralize the Lord’s Church. We are also seeing this take place in the secular arena throughout our nation as it relates to the economy.

REVELATION OF “GOLIATH”

The morning following the conference and these prophetic releases, Bob Jones was taken in a extraordinary prophetic encounter and shown how these enemies are strategically amplified in this hour in an attempt to prohibit the birthing of God’s purposes within us.

In the revelation, Bob found himself on a battlefield similar to the circumstances Israel discovered in 1 Samuel 17. In this prophetic scenario, the adversary once again sent out his “Goliath” to contend with the armies of God. This champion of the enemy army was named “fear”. The would-be conqueror sent to antagonize and ridicule the armies of God is “fear”.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)

Fear is defined as an emotion characterized by alarm, anxiety, and tension, often caused by an expectation of danger or pain. It is a dread birthed through anxiety and tension, whether real or imagined, producing timidity and cowardice.

THREE COMPANIONS OF “GOLIATH”

In Bob’s vision there were three additional spirits that stood behind “Goliath” to work in unison with him. In the Scriptures, we are told that Goliath had four brothers. In this experience three spirits accompanied the spiritual “Goliath” and a fourth was standing off to the side and had not yet been released into its purpose.

The first companion standing with “Goliath” was “insanity and mental instability”. The desire of the adversary is to create such fear in the hearts of people that he would actually cause impairment in our thinking even paving the way for varying forms of insanity.

Insanity is birthed from a root of fear. This form of delirium is distinguished through words and actions that we would not normally consider. A lack of sound judgment provides options that we would ordinarily shun or not even give consideration.

For instance, statistics have proven in recent days that more people are turning to drugs and alcohol than prior to the attack on our nation last year. Immediately following the events of September 11, 2001, multitudes of people were filling the churches across America. Now the statistics reveal that taverns and drug houses are more popular than a year ago. This has been facilitated by a spirit of fear permeating the hearts of many causing them to look for relief. This is just one expression of “spiritual insanity”. There can be many, including unhealthy relationships, financial irresponsibility
or the excessive pursuit of entertainment and the squandering of precious time that we need to redeem for His Kingdom.

The second spirit accompanying “Goliath” was “fear of sickness and infirmity”. It is the plan of our adversary to create such
insecurity and anxiety of sickness and disease that we would not pursue our divine destiny and Heavenly purpose with determination and faith.

The final adversary standing with “Goliath” was “fear of financial failure”. Clearly, our nation is experiencing notable financial
difficulties because of the perceptions of our citizens. Economic analyst and experts have openly acknowledged that this downfall is primarily motivated because of fear and misconceptions by the general public.

That instability has also been facilitated by overemphasized reports of corporate abuse and unscrupulous business leaders by the secular media. In reality, the heart of our economy is sound. We believe it is the Lord’s intent to use this nation to help facilitate the birthing of divine purposes and stand in strong support of Israel. Clearly, there are issues of repentance and a return to righteousness that must be realized within the Church which will release times of refreshing from His presence. (Acts 3:19)

EXPOSING THE ENEMIES PLAN

When given opportunity, the prevailing spirit of fear will give place to one or all three companions that travel with it. These spirits are the ones attempting to defile the camp of the righteous and hinder the Church from entering our place of anointing and fruitfulness. The first step in overcoming the designs of the enemy is to bring them out of darkness and obscurity and into the light. The enemy hates for his plans to be exposed. This was explicitly demonstrated in 1 Kings 6:11-12. By obtaining a clear comprehension of his schemes, we are more amply able to fortify ourselves through the word of truth and appropriate it through prayer and proclamation.

When Israel heard Goliath they trembled and when they saw him they fled. This analogy is given to portray our adversaries plan and purpose. It is the grace of God to allow us to understand these things so that we can take our position through faith and prayer to overcome.

For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. (Romans 8:15 17)

Fear is a form of bondage and spiritual slavery. It is a ruthless taskmaster attempting to steal the seeds of destiny and purpose being awakened within the hearts of God’s people. The Lord knew us before the foundation of the world. Those who belong to Him were in Him before creation was fashioned. He foreknew all who would desperately search for Him and to those He deposited divine seeds of Kingdom design and destiny. Those seeds are now being awakened and activated within many and it is our adversaries’ determined desire to prohibit that from coming into full fruition. We are on the threshold of another “Great Awakening”.

IN THE ORDER OF DAVID

There will be a company of people who arise from the wilderness, having conquered the “lion” and the “bear”, with confidence in God’s anointing and willingness to overcome His enemies. The “Davids” will be both worshippers and warriors who have discovered the Lord’s voice in the wilderness and another they simply will not follow or give ear to. We received a token of this reality while in Birmingham. The warlike anointing came during times of worship orchestrated and led by the Holy Spirit through vessels willing to be yielded to His anointing.

The spirit of fear functioned as captain of satan’s host. Like David, we are insufficient in our own strength to overtake this
adversary. However, we do not come in our own name nor in our strength but in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom he has taunted (1 Samuel 17:45).

SMOOTH STONE OF APOSTOLIC AUTHORITY

Through this experience, the Lord has again shown it will take the “smooth stone” of apostolic authority to destroy this antagonist and plunder the camp of the enemy. David was able to bravely stand before “Goliath” because he knew his promise and whose seed he was. Likewise, he recognized the seed of corruption and ungodliness from which Goliath came. The clear distinctions between the two are going to become apparent in the coming season. No longer will the line be blurred separating those who belong to the Lord Jesus and those who have yielded to ungodliness and corruption.

To grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear, In holiness and righteousness before Him all our days. And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go on BEFORE THE LORD TO PREPARE HIS WAYS; (Luke 1:74-76)

The prophetic promise spoken over John the Baptist pronounced deliverance from our enemies and service to God without the encumbrances of fear. The spirit of Elijah being deposited in this generation will likewise pronounce a message of freedom from the enemy of fear and all of the entanglements associated with this demonic “champion”. It will provide a message of preparation and restoration to our inheritance and promises.

There is presently a challenge coming to the forefront to confront the intimidations and trepidations many are experiencing concerning their ministries, health, finances and families.

Although the brothers of David witnessed the anointing oil poured upon him by the prophet Samuel, they were the very ones who chastised David for his willingness to confront the champion of the enemy army. Nonetheless, that did not deter him from fulfilling his destiny and demonstrating the Lord’s victory.

We cannot allow chastisement from within our own camp to hinder us from this commission and purpose. The demonstration of the Lords mantle as Warrior and Captain of the Heavenly Host will overcome “Goliath” and release the armies of God to plunder the camp of the enemy. Many of our brethren are held captive by the forces of the adversary. It is the Lord’s desire and intent to free them.

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire. (Hebrews 12:28 29)

Presently, we are being given a choice— faith or fear. Faith works through love but anger and disillusionment is the offspring of fear.