Paul Keith & Wanda Davis
In recent weeks and months we have received numerous inquiries concerning the message I received in 2002 involving the soon emergence of God’s last day champions and the prophetic picture God gave me through the story of Secretariat. Those visionary encounters and prophetic messages are now written in “Books of Destiny”. This book was birthed out of a series of visions the Lord gave me concerning his plans for this generation and the uniqueness of those he has caused to be born in this hour. To many the gift of a spiritually “enlarged heart” will be granted to give us greater capacity for God and compassion for mankind.
The psalmist David knew something about this reality. The Scriptures describe him as a mighty warrior, a man of valor and one after God’s own heart. He says it this way in Psalms 119:32: I will run the course of Your commandments, For You shall enlarge my heart.
I felt it would be appropriate to start 2013 with the reminder of our prophetic destiny and the great spiritual investment that has been made into this generation.
Following is a excerpt from “Books of Destiny” telling the story of Secretariat and a portion of its prophetic application. I pray it is a blessing and source of encouragement to you for this hour.
The Emergence of Spiritual Champions
As someone once said, “Life is like a library owned by an author. In it are a few books which he wrote himself, but most of them were written for him.” Recorded in the annals of history are many tales about warriors and conquerors that provide valuable lessons about becoming a spiritual champion. The United States has always extolled sports heroes and their accomplishments, and celebrities, as well as to ordinary people who have done extraordinary things. I have always been encouraged by studying the accounts of strength, determination, perseverance, and willingness to take risks of those who excel at and become the best at what they do.
Great champions of God will blossom in this day doing exploits for His glory. We can learn a great deal by exploring and analyzing both spiritual and secular figures who are considered emblems of courage, determination, and victory. Several years ago the United States witnessed one of the most uncommon accounts of a great champion in history. This victor’s life story is filled with symbolic meaning and life applications for this generation of purpose and destiny.
My first exposure to this luminary were broadcasts by nationally recognized sports announcers, who described him as a “godsend” and advised listeners that “to watch him run was like a supernatural event.” As the announcers spoke mystically and reverentially I wondered who such an awesome hero could be. To my surprise it was not a man or woman but a horse named Secretariat.
In 1973 Secretariat rose out of obscurity to become recognized as one of the greatest racing horses in history. At that time interest in horse racing was at an all-time low in the United States, but this exceptional horse changed all that. Because of Secretariat’s prior history, no one thought he had much of a chance at the Kentucky Derby. Experts believed that the race’s distance or field offered little chance for a record-setting performance. Yet, to the surprise of everyone, Secretariat ran the first quarter-mile of this prestigious race in slightly more than twenty-five seconds, setting a new world-record pace. But could such a large and broad-shouldered horse maintain that stride and pace for another mile? Everyone wondered.
Surprisingly, Secretariat did better than just sustain that pace. He increased it with each quarter of the race, finishing the one-and-a-quarter mile distance in less than two minutes—an achievement unmatched before or since.
Suddenly a media frenzy began to flourish around this beautiful red horse. Observers described him as “truly magnificent.” He graced the covers of Time, Newsweek, and Sports Illustrated. A champion had been born!
Excitement began to build as the Preakness, the second race in the coveted Triple Crown, approached. The nation’s attention was turned to this beautiful horse, about whose attributes commentators struggled to find appropriate adjectives. One announcer claimed that in human vernacular Secretariat would be a Heisman Trophy winner, a Rhodes Scholar, and Miss America all in one stunning, awe-inspiring being.
In a unique way Secretariat’s performance at the Preakness was even more brilliant than his victory at the Kentucky Derby. Secretariat was in last position out of the starting gate but still did something unprecedented in this historic race: He sprinted full-bore around the first bend, and by the time he turned onto the back side, he was racing to the lead. Now, the turns on this track are tight, and horse-racing aficionados considered it suicidal to take the first bend too fast. Nevertheless, Secretariat did the extraordinary in his second of three monumental races. Veteran racing experts were awestruck, declaring, “Horses don’t do what he did here today. They just don’t do that!”
As he had at the Kentucky Derby, Secretariat won the Preakness by two-and-a-half lengths. Many believe the pace of this race was also record-setting, but because of a controversy over the time clock, the speed was never verified.
With two victories under his belt all that stood between Secretariat and the Triple Crown was the Belmont Stakes. One journalist said that if Secretariat were to lose the Belmont, “the country may turn sullen and mutinous.” World attention was focused on this single race, which some would later describe as “the greatest race ever run.”
The Greatest Race
On the morning of the Belmont Stakes Secretariat awoke with a seemingly mystical determination. His trainers later told reporters that he was “rearing and bucking, flaring his nostrils and rolling his eyes.” He was somehow filled with anticipation for the race. Reportedly “he burst from the barn like a studhorse going to the breeding shed and walked around the outdoor ring on his hind legs, pawing at the sky in a magical, unforgettable instant, now frozen in time.”
Secretariat totally intimidated his competition approaching the starting gate; a supernatural atmosphere appeared to surround him. He did not merely walk to the gate—he romped to his position.
The Belmont was the longest of the three races. After the starter’s gun had sounded, initially a horse named Sham gave Secretariat a formidable challenge. The first six furlongs were run in a staggering seventy seconds, with Sham incredibly keeping abreast of Secretariat. However, the pace proved more than Sham could sustain, and the challenger injured himself in the last race he would ever run.
Meanwhile, Secretariat continued to command the lead during the second half of the race. As one commentator put it, “It was as though he were running on the wind.” Midway through the race it was clear Secretariat would win the Belmont and become the first new Triple Crown winner in twenty-five years. Yet, even more astonishingly, instead of coasting to a safe victory, Secretariat maintained the same record-setting pace; he did not merely want to win—he intended to run the greatest race ever.
Certain no horse could maintain this pace for so long, many observers and journalists felt jockey Ron Turcotte was foolish to continue to push Secretariat at this tempo and risk collapse and the loss of the Triple Crown victory. But the jockey had little to do with it: Secretariat was running at his own pleasure. This was a day of destiny. Turcotte later commented that Secretariat had a mind of his own for this race, and he [Turcotte] simply held on and enjoyed the ride.
As the last quarter of the race lay before Secretariat, every fan, journalist, and observer grew mesmerized by the fortitude and sheer talent of this amazing horse, whose victory turned out to be one of the greatest events in sports history. His Triple Crown performance is unmatched in U.S. horse-racing history. It was the greatest single performance he had ever witnessed in a sporting event, recalls legendary golf champion Jack Nicklaus. When this mythic race was over, Secretariat had defeated his closest competition by thirty-one lengths and set an all-time record of 2:24, a feat previously considered impossible.
What a great champion God created for us to learn from! Secretariat had a secret, which was only discovered at his death. During an autopsy, medical examiners found that Secretariat had a perfectly healthy heart that was almost two-and-a-half times larger than an average horse’s heart. Secretariat’s heart weighed a staggering twenty-two pounds, whereas an average horse’s heart weighs about eight-and-a-half pounds.
Secretariat had been given a supernatural heart. Almighty God, the Creator, had given this horse a special endowment and greater capacity than any other race-horse in recorded history.
When I asked the Lord why he gave Secretariat such a large heart, he replied quickly and concisely: “Because it pleased Me to do so.” No matter what veterinarians’ conjecture or animal-biologists’ suppositions might attest, God had simply decided to create a great champion. As Isaiah 42:5-6 declares:
Thus says God the LORD, Who created the heavens and stretched them out,
Who spread out the earth and its offspring, Who gives breath to the people on
it And spirit to those who walk in it, I am the LORD, I have called You in
righteousness, I will also hold You by the hand and watch over you, And I will
appoint You as a covenant to the people, As a light to the nations . . .
So in this generation of prophetic destiny, at a unique time in human history, the Lord Jesus will demonstrate divine power and Kingdom virtue through obscure champions with “supernatural hearts.” These champions’ hearts will be enlarged with passion and desire for the Redeemer and with Heaven’s compassion, which they will be able to transmit to a needy generation. Many, like Secretariat, will arise from obscurity to run some of the greatest races ever run.
In a prophetically symbolic way, Secretariat’s twenty-two pound heart could represent the generation soon to emerge with a commissioning from Isaiah 22:22:
Then I will set the key of the house of David on his shoulder, When he opens
no one will shut, When he shuts no one will open.
The key to the house of David signifies a governmental people who, like King David, will be anointed as both worshipers and warriors. David is regarded in Scripture as a man after God’s own heart. He possessed a special capacity in his heart for God and His Kingdom revelation. So shall the emerging generation of radical worshippers and warriors, who in a day unprecedented in history will champion fresh standards of excellence and victory.
David’s heart prophetically portrays the nature of the champions of the Lord’s army. They are dreaded by the forces of darkness, who will recognize Christ’s victory that they convey. As the Psalmist recorded:
Once you spoke in vision to Your godly ones, And said, “I have given help to
one who is mighty; I have exalted one chosen from the people. I have
found David My servant; With My holy oil I have anointed him.”
God gave David the power to become a champion of Israel and God exalted him as a hero chosen from among His people and anointed him with holy oil. David was a champion of Israel foreseen and identified by the prophetic voice of that day.
There have been forerunners and prototypes in years past but now an entire body of people is being groomed for this lofty purpose. This great and weighty mystery is the hidden truth of godliness. In the Lord Jesus, God was made visible in human flesh and vindicated through the Holy Spirit and preached among the nations. The Living Word or Bread of life once again desires to be made flesh through a body of people joined with Him in a holy consummation. As we live not by natural bread alone but by the living Word proceeding from the mouth of God, the bread of abundant life, even so the hidden truth of godliness will become part of our spiritual DNA.
Eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, nor has yet entered into the human heart, the great blueprint of Heaven, the Lord desires to reveal to His people. Mysteries reserved deep in the heart of the Father, locked away in the mind of Christ, and dispersed by the Spirit who searches the deep things, await the passionate embrace of a latter-day company of overcoming, holy, victorious ones. Abba, His Spirit, and the Bridegroom say, “Come.”