Paul Keith & Wanda Davis
One of God’s wonderful assurances is His promise to release a special blessing and anointing on those willing to dwell together in unity and fraternal affection. Psalms 133 declares,
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, coming down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard, coming down upon the edge of his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon coming down upon the mountains of Zion; for there the LORD commanded the blessing– life forever.
On Saturday morning before the Day of Atonement 2006, I received a spiritual dream that communicated a message consistent with this theme. Wanda and I were involved in the “Engaging Heaven” conference with our friends Brian and Candace Simmons in West Haven, Connecticut.
At 2 o’clock in the morning, the hotel fire alarm was activated requiring an evacuation of the hotel. This in itself conveyed a spiritual message for this season. Our enemy will constantly be activating false alarms to keep us in unrest. We must keep our minds focused upon the Lord at all times.
Once it was determined that there was no real danger, we returned to our rooms. As soon as I was able to sleep, I immediately went into a dream. The context of the dream was set around the TV program “Survivor.” It was incredibly vivid and detailed. Every circumstance that we discover on this program was involved in this dream. A group of people were delivered to a remote island with little or no provision.
Each person was placed within a tribe with whom they would live, survive and depend. Part of the program scenario centers around challenges that promote teamwork and communication.
There is a reward challenge to hopefully acquire the essentials necessary for survival on the island. The other is a competition to determine which tribe must eliminate one of its members.
Immediately I recognize the only hope for survival in this context was to form an alliance with others that I completely trusted. I was able to locate three other men that shared common views with me. We committed ourselves to an unbreakable alliance built around trust and open communication.
The dream continued for four consecutive hours until the time came to be awakened for the morning conference meetings. When I was awakened, the only “survivors” that remained were the four of us in the divine alliance.
Instantly, I knew the heart of the message conveyed in the dream. The days ahead are going to be difficult and trying. Much of what we have readily depended upon for day-to-day life will be removed. Our hope for survival in the coming season is a willingness to form divine alliances and friendships with others we thoroughly trust.
Communication and trust will be two of the most indispensable commodities discovered in ministries and Churches that flourish. I remember thinking at the end of the dream that I was pleased to be awakened before another member was to be removed from the island. I do not believe any of the four of us would have broken the alliance.
An alliance is defined as a formal agreement that establishes a relationship or partnership between other parties to achieve a particular goal. It is an association built around common interests and goals. It is primarily established to advance a certain cause or agenda. An alliance is sometimes referred to as a treaty of friendship.
As 21st century Christians, we have the greatest cause of all…to advance Gods Kingdom and the revelation of Jesus Christ. Many in the world are asking pointed questions concerning the conditions that exist in the earth. We as the Church must provide the answers.
It is now time for a transition to take place where we lead by example. Divine grace is being released from heaven that will allow Christians to trust one another once again.
There is going to be the revelation of a high calling around which many will build their entire lives. This realization will so profoundly impact many that they will willingly lay aside personal agendas and ambitions to embrace this mandate.
Great strength and advancement will be discovered by those determined to enter in to such an arrangement. Divine alliances will not only produce substantial results but also a sphere of safety.
The uniqueness of divine alliances allows for Churches or ministries to maintain their own identity and vision while also joining in agreement with others to advance a common cause. If the Lord can find just three or four Churches in a region to dwell together in harmony and support one another in friendship, then great advancement can be achieved in that territory.
Avoid Unholy Alliances
The Bible also contains numerous examples of unholy alliances that were displeasing to God. These however were centered on compromise and idolatry. As always, our adversary seeks to pervert everything that is fruitful.
It has been our experience that those to whom we are to be joined in covenant relationship are made evident. Marriages in ministry are very similar in this context to the marriage of man and woman.
It must be a divine arrangement with those to whom we are equally yoked. Trust, communication and mutual vision are all essential ingredients that formulate a successful union. The Lord will bring into our lives those to whom we are to be joined in long-term relationship. It does not have to be something that we force into existence.
In the Order of David and Jonathan
The Bible provides numerous examples of New Testament leaders who established ministry covenants. Peter and John clearly functioned as a team as discovered in Acts 9. Paul and Barnabas illustrate one of the earliest examples following the Day of Pentecost.
However, one of the greatest alliances in the Bible that advanced God’s cause existed between David and Jonathan.
Jonathan said to David, “Go in safety, inasmuch as we have sworn to each other in the name of the LORD, saying, “The LORD will be between me and you, and between my descendants and your descendants forever.”‘ Then he rose and departed, while Jonathan went into the city – 1 Samuel 20:42
Jonathan recognized in David the future of Israel’s prosperity. There was a cause that he discovered that was worthy of sacrifice and commitment to achieve. Furthermore, the LORD imparted genuine affection in their hearts for one another. Theirs was an unbreakable bond of commitment that resulted in David’s survival and Israel’s welfare.
The entirety of 1 Samuel 20 provides a vivid portrayal of the commitment that existed between David and Jonathan. They entered into a divine alliance that provided safety and strength. They enjoyed clear and concise communication that facilitated the plan of God and the future of Israel.
Joined in Fraternal Affection
The concept of fraternal affection and brotherly love is emphasized in the ascending pyramid of graces and Godly attributes discovered in 2 Peter 1:5-8; these are essential in our quest to become one spirit with the Lord.
Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Greek word for “brotherly kindness” in this passage is “philadelphia;” It is defined as “fraternal affection; brotherly love (kindness) or love of the brethren.”
From a position of fraternal love we move forward into the “agape” of God. If it is our hearts’ desire to participate in the harvest of the ages and the healing of the nations, then it must be from a position of authentic compassion birthed in love. These can only be imparted to us through the Holy Spirit.
As summarized through the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 13, we are to abide in faith, hope and love. We dwell in faith through the conviction and belief of man in his relationship with Heaven as well as hope, which is our confident expectation of redemption. But the greatest of these is the true affection for God and man expressed through saints; it is generated by a deposit of Heavenly virtue resident in us- LOVE.
The truth to be greatly emphasized in this generation is the transference of our lost nature for His divine nature. We have the precious and magnificent promises by which we become partakers of the divine nature and escape the corruption of this world and its lusts.
By virtue of being joined with Him as His body in the mystery of incarnation, we likewise share in His heart of love and desire for the brethren as well as lost humanity.
As the Lord declared in John 17:23,
I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.
We are being sent in this generation in like fashion as the Lord Himself was commissioned by His Father. We are to be carriers of His heart.
The following article is written by Dr. Scott Flanigan, retired faculty member and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at Florida State University. He has authored numerous academic books. He and his wife Rita are both Ph.D.’s and reside in Tallahassee, FL.
The Flanagan’s have attended many of our meetings and events over recent years and it has been our privilege to become acquainted with them and their incredible gift of understanding God’s heart and communicating it to His people. I was thoroughly blessed by an article he recently wrote concerning the importance of our present-day preparatory mode. I trust you will likewise find part two of this series instructive and encouraging…Paul Keith Davis
The Role of Inner Healing in the Church Today
By Dr. Scott Flanagan
God – Both Paul Keith Davis and Bob Jones have been taken into visions where the Lord has shown them that God has designed the DNA of people differently for different dispensations of the church age. In particular he has reserved a special breed for the end-time generation. In Bob Jones’ vision he saw angles gathered around a conveyor belt on which something like seeds were passing by. As they passed the angels would call out “There’s one, there’s one.” and pick up certain seeds and place them in a huge pile that was reserved for the end-time.
These were the seeds or souls of the end-time generation, a generation with a special DNA designed for a unique destiny. What has been sown into these souls is a hunger for God and a thirst for the supernatural. We are beginning to see this emerging in the raw faith of the youth as seen at the recent The Call gatherings, in Lou Engle’s 24/7 prayer internship program in Washington D.C., and at the growing number of IHOPs and other harp and bowl prayer and worship gatherings.
A New Bred of Leaders – We are seeing the emergence of a new bred of young leaders in the body of Christ. I believe Todd Bentley was the first of these but he is being followed by many more that operate in radical signs and wonders ministries. To take one example, David and Stephanie Herzog have seen in their ministry healings, creative miracles (including such unusual phenomena as instant weight loss and hair growth), levitating, being transported to heaven, other countries and cities, seeing visions of angles, and experiencing the multiplication of food and money.
Programmed for Faith in the Supernatural – Without faith nothing is possible. With faith all things are possible (Mk 9:23, 10:27). God has programmed the DNA of certain members of the younger generation to have radical faith for the supernatural. This new emerging generation is experiential. They will not be won over by words but by demonstrations of the glory of God.
In 1992 Dutch Sheets had an open vision of stadiums filled with young people crying out to God in worship and intercession and when they left the stadiums they became balls of fire that went across the country starting revival fires. Then he heard the audible voice of God saying, “I am going to send another great awakening for the United States and the world.” In 2005 he had a dream in which an old man said, “John Wimber is coming today to cut the grass.” Instantly he understood this to mean that power evangelism is coming to bring in the harvest.
Neville Johnson says that before we were born, we were given a destiny by God. When we hear something that touches on that destiny, it excites us. When we hear stories, testimonies and other things that touch our destiny, we can receive an impartation from that. That impartation will bring us closer to realizing God’s plan for our lives. I love prayer ministry, but my passion is this stuff – stories of God encounters, engaging the revelatory realms of heaven. These stories excite me. Up until now I have been standing on the outside looking in, but I keep pressing in and am expecting to enter into that bridal company of overcomers.
The Three Baptisms and Three Kinds of Christians in the Last Days – In the years to come it will not just be nice or exciting to live in the supernatural. It will be necessary for our survival. According to Neville Johnson’s prophetic word, outer court Christians (those who have experienced only the first baptism – water baptism for repentance and salvation) will not survive the tribulation. Only those who have made it to in the inner court by receiving the second baptism (the baptism of the Holy Spirit) will survive. But those who have received the third baptism – the baptism of fire unto holiness – will do great exploits as Sons of the Kingdom.
Stage Three Spirituality – Bob Jones calls it the Third Baptism, John G. Lake called it the union experience with God, and John Paul Jackson calls it Stage Three Spirituality. In the tabernacle of Moses, the Holy of Holies was also called the tabernacle of witness. That was because what happened there proved the existence of God (as when Aaron’s rod budded, and the Lord came down and met with Moses). Those that attain Stage Three Spirituality become the abode of God, a tabernacle of witness. They exude God. They radiate the presence of God and change the environment around them. They live in expectant faith and they do signs and wonders which prove that God exists and dwells in them.
When all the thrones of our souls are fully yielded to the Lord, we will come into a union experience with Him (Davis, 2003). When we become a habitation of God, signs will follow – healings, prophecy, deliverance and miracles. That is when we will see the full fulfillment of Jesus’ promise in Acts 1:8, “You will receive power . . . and be my witnesses.” God longs to demonstrate His power through us to prove His existence to a lost and dying world. Only when the world sees the Word preached with signs following, only when the world sees the power of the God we serve, will they believe.
From an Escapist Rapture Mentality to a Warfare Kingdom Mentality – For a number of years a good part of the church has had a rapture mentality. The belief has been that as we approach the last days, things are going to get worse and worse and there is nothing we can do about it. Our only hope for escaping the horrors of the tribulation is to be raptured out of here. Increasingly a new understanding is emerging that the kingdom of God must first come to the earth. Jesus is going to come to us before he comes for us. As it says in the Bible, heaven must retain him until the restoration of all things (Acts 3:21-22), until there is a people in whom the Lord is fully enthroned, a bridal company without spot or wrinkle (Eph. 5: 25-27).
When all the tares in our soul are removed, we become like him, we become the tabernacle of God, a manifestation of the sons of God. The parable of the tares and the wheat indicates that there will be sons of the Kingdom (the good seed) on earth, before the Lord returns. He will come to a bridal company that does the very same things that he did and the greater works that he promised. We have the Lord’s “very great and precious promises” that “we may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption of this world” (2 Peter 1:4) and taste “the powers of the world to come” (Heb. 6:5) on this side of eternity.
Discipling the First Wave Harvest – To return to our central point here, the second reason why training in inner healing is so needed in the church today is that the church needs to be equipped and ready to disciple the masses of youth that are about to come in during the first wave of the end-time harvest. They will be on fire for God but full of trauma and wounds and tares of the soul that have been sown into them by the gathering forces of darkness that are dominating the secular culture of our world.
As Bob Jones says, it is the over 50s that are the Joshua generation that have been assigned the task of carrying this younger generation out of the dessert and over the Jordan and into the Promised Land. The youth will need spiritual mothers and fathers that are equipped to both disciple them in the faith and tend to their emotional wounds.
3. TO WALK WITH GOD – A third reason why inner healing is for today is to make us ready to walk into the destiny God has prepared for us. Emotional woundings are built on lies and deception and tend to represent hardened parts of our heart that are inaccessible to God. Our emotional wounds tend to separate us from God. They represent the unsanctified parts of our hearts. The tares in our souls limit how close we can get to God and how much he can trust us with the powerful end-time anointings and mantles that are coming available. It is for this very reason that emotional healing is much higher on God’s end-time agenda than physical healing, although He is going to use both mightily.
This is a time in Christian history when God is wooing His church as never before. There are times when the Lord extends His scepter and things that were not possible become possible. When God moves and revival comes, there is a grace there that is not present before or after. During the height of the Latter Rain Revival from roughly 1946-1956, there was an anointing for physical healing available and many pressed in and received that anointing and
1 To clarify what this kingdom perspective means for the rapture, Neville Johnson says that the church will be here for a period of persecution and tribulation, but there will be a rapture in which the church is taken out before the wrath of God descends on the earth.
astounding miracles took place. After 1956, they didn’t forget how to do it. Rather the anointing for it began to lift.
We are entering a period when the veil between the natural and supernatural realms is becoming very thin. The door is being opened to come up here and pass back and forth between the spiritual and physical planes of existence. Portals are being opened. We are hearing a lot about portals these days. Gary Oates is in the process of writing a book on portals. Portals are open doors to heaven. Portals give us open access to an open heaven. Portals bring heaven to earth and are doors to the spirit realm.
Some portals will be healing pools and anyone who comes into them will be healed. Other portals will be places of profound revelation. Some will be in churches, some will be in geographical areas, some will be connected with movements and leaders and will move with them and some will be hidden and only known by those who God calls to those places to be commissioned.
The Enoch Mantle – There is an end-time anointing to walk with God. Some are calling it the Enoch mantle (Todd Bentley, Neville Johnson, Bob Jones, Jeff Jansen and others). God wants his church to walk with him like Enoch walked with him. We are going to have to learn to do that. Jesus told us, “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man (Matt. 24:37). There were a lot of bad things occurring in Noah’s days, but remember Enoch was a contemporary of Noah.
Enoch was alive for part of Adam’s life and must have heard many stories about how it was to walk with God in the Garden of Eden. Ultimately, Enoch learned many things in his own walk with the Lord and was continually going back and forth to heaven and being shown numerous future events which he recorded in The Book of Enoch before he was permanently translated into heaven. He was the 7th from Adam, the number of completeness. As we approach the 7th day in the calendar of God’s purposes, the spirit and mantles of Enoch are going to be seen in the church. The same anointing, the same experiences, the same walk with God that Enoch had are available to us.
God is beginning to release the spirit of Enoch for those who have ears to hear, hearts to perceive and a desire for it. His mantle is becoming available. It is going to be released and split into hundreds of thousands of portions and become more powerful. Special grace is being released to enter into this relationship for those who are hungry and determined and have a walk with God. Some things are not available until the time comes. When the time comes, there is grace to receive it, and that grace is with us today. If we settle for less, that is what we will get. However, if we say I want to go there, all we need is an open heaven to equip us. Large numbers of people will experience going back and forth, in and out of heaven.
Other Mantles – The Lord is about to release other mantles as well – the mantles of William Branham, Katherine Kuhlman, A. A. Allen and John G. Lake among others. During the five year period that John G. Lake’s Healing Rooms were operating in Spokane Washing, 100,000 healing were documented. In a 2005 dream, Dutch Sheets saw Lake’s wife passing out mementos (remembrances that serve as replicas of the mantle that Lake carried).
This time not one person but many will walk in the anointing of John G. Lake. Recently Bob Jones was in a trance and saw himself in a temple waiting on the Lord when gemstones started falling. Interestingly little children would run and grab them but the adults just stood there. To receive these mantles you have to go after them. We must decide if we are going to participate in this last days outpouring or just observe from the sidelines.
Graham/Roberts Prophecy – One final comment about receiving mantles relates to a prophecy Neville gave at the May 2007 White Dove conference regarding Billy Graham and Oral Roberts. I remember a number of years ago when Lester Summerall died, a great man of faith who had been Ron Parsley’s mentor. At that time Ron said that the Lord had told him that when two great men of faith died a major revival would come. Ron thought that one of the two was Lester Summerall. But I always though it was Billy Graham and Oral Roberts.
Neville confirmed my belief by saying that the Lord had shown him that Billy Graham and Oral Roberts are about to die and when they do their mantles will be merged. Try to get a picture of what that means. The mantle of evangelism and the mantle of healing are going to be merged and split into thousands of pieces and released on the earth to those who press in. This speaks of power evangelism. We are going to see a major healing revival.
TO SUM UP, greater than ever before we need inner healing in the church today:
1) To avoid the mistakes of the past – Those who are going to be elevated into supernatural giftings will become targets of the enemy. Satan can only attack us in places that are not dedicated to the Lord. The tares of our soul need to be extracted and those wounded places healed so that when the power and anointings come we won’t fall into sin.
2) To be equipped to provide inner healing, deliverance and discipleship for the first wave of the End Time harvest
3) To walk with God and enter into His destiny for us. The unhealed places in our heart are barriers to greater intimacy with God. To take up the Enoch mantle, we need to overcome everything in us that is not of God.
I SLEEP, BUT MY HEART IS AWAKE
By JoAnn McFatter
To believe or not to believe, that is the question. It is even the question from the Lord to us in this day of His release upon the earth. Are we going to believe that His Word is true, living and breathing in us and through us – even all around us? Are we going to believe – I mean REALLY BELIEVE – that He means to use us as He pours out in an unprecedented way?
We are invited to be ones who will be the forerunners of such faith that has not been seen. Not in what we have known in the past and been held captive by, but in what is yet to come – the hope of our calling! To be those Sons of God creation groans for!
“But the time is coming when) the earth shall be FILLED with the knowledge of the Glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea!“ Habakkuk 2:14
That time is now! It must be as we are in the final days of the separation between heaven and earth. We just need to tap into the Eternal Truth of it, which overrides the limitations of our present mindset. The Truth WILL set us free!!! Free of the mind of man and our patterns of thought that deny the very power of the One who lives in us!
“…….Christ in you, the hope of glory!“ Col. 1:27
The Spirit is releasing grace to ‘awaken‘ our hearts to that place of abiding in faith. To a mentality of believing the very Word of God in such a way that things which have never taken place in the history of mankind —- WILL!! Yes – even through you and me! We, who, up to this point, have struggled to keep your head above water in the living of this life, constrained by the limits of your thinking. The threshold of faith – belief in the borderless boundaries of God – stand before us!
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my My Voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. ‘ He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’ “Rev. 3:20-22
To cross that threshold we must open that door He is so faithfully knocking on and look what He promises! “ I will come IN TO him…..”! He will step into us with that Light that overcomes any darkness – that Light that overtakes us and causes us to BECOME that Light, to become overcomers of the limitations of our past patterns that we can’t seem to free ourselves of.
And, no, we cannot free ourselves from ourselves! Only by the washing of the Word can our minds be renewed! Only by being overcome can we overcome. Only by dying can we be made free of death. Only by laying down can we stand………dying daily to our past patterns, taking up our cross and following Him. I think we miss an interpretation of that. To take up our cross daily means to die to our SELVES, to die to our own way of thinking and doing things. If we are to follow Him by taking up our cross, it will lead us to, as it did Him, to overcoming the limitations of this world and entering into the resurrection power of the age to come. We can, in faith believing, enter into the dispensation of the eternal NOW! We MUST if we are to awaken the dawn…….
“AWAKE, my glory! AWAKE, lute and harp! I will awaken the dawn.“ Ps. 57:8 As the Sons of God, it is our duty, our privilege, our honor to awaken the dawning of this Kingdom age that is upon us.
Let faith lead us out of this captivity that keeps us from TRULY believing how God wants to move in us and through us as we enter into the fullness of Him. He didn’t sacrifice all that He did so that we could continue to live lives bound by unbelief and our own self-inflicted limitations!
As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness. Ps. 17:15
I LOVE what David has said here, even though he probably didn’t realize thefullness of what he was saying. We must awaken to the Truth that we ARE made in His likeness, His image created to move in His unlimited resource and power. If He has saved you to be born in this hour, then He has the desire and the ability to move through you as one who has been awakened, not only in heart, but in spirit, mind and body. The fullness of God in the fullness of time, moving through YOU! There is a dying world out there, lost in the bondage of what is deceptively presented as freedom.
And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works
of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Rom. 13:11-12
We must, as Paul has stated, Awaken and put on the Lord Jesus Christ. It is about a transformation.
” But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Cor. 3:18
I looked up transform in the dictionary :
1) to change people or things completely, especially improving their appearance or usefulness
2) to change completely for the better
3) to convert one form of energy to another
We can’t afford to sleep any longer in our places of comfort. We can be awakened to the sound of His Voice and play this out on the offensive or we can be awakened by the thrust of the sword that has caught us in our slumber and end up on the defensive. Be awakened to the transformation that must take place in us as we truly put on the Lord, Jesus Christ!