Paul Keith Davis
Doves to Their Lattices
By Paul Keith Davis
Who are these who fly like a cloud and like the doves to their lattices – Isaiah 60:8
For sometime this passage has been intriguing. Over the last several months I have often shared it my messages. However, it has now been highlighted in a more pronounced way as a present word, and even an invitation.
On February 24-26, 2007 I was scheduled to participate in a conference with Patricia King in Tucson, AZ. I included with this conference, a trip with Pastor Steven Shelley and Pastors Peter and Cathryn Nash to several of the places William Branham encountered the Lord in the 1960s. However, a little over a week before I left for this trip, I had a fascinating revelatory encounter that was immensely encouraging.
In it I was standing in a desert area looking into the sky. As I contemplated the beautiful blue sky, I noticed what resembled a small hole or opening in the heavens that quickly enlarged. It looked as though the veil separating the natural and spiritual realms opened. As it did, I watched as seven white doves quickly flew through what looked like a portal.
This portion of the revelation was similar to the John’s language on Patmos when he said, “After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, ‘Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.'”
The Greek word for “door” in this passage is “thura” and defined by Strongs as “a portal or entrance providing an opening or closure, both literally or figuratively.”
The Cloud of His Presence
Following the doves a thick dark cloud emerged that I instantly knew represented the Lord’s presence. I suddenly screamed out, “It’s happening, it’s really happening.” For me, this phrase signified the arrival of this generation’s promised day of visitation. I instantly remembered Psalms 18:11-12 saying, “He made darkness His hiding place, His canopy around Him, darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies. From the brightness before Him passed His thick clouds, hailstones and coals of fire.”
As I watched the Lord descending in thick darkness, my heart was pounding with excitement. However, once His presence reached a certain level, it appeared as though He was going to continue moving away from the place I was standing. I intuitively shouted, “Lord Jesus, if I have somehow found favor in thy sight, please do not pass me by.”
That was Abraham’s declaration in Genesis 18:3 at an appointed time of visitation in his life. He said, “My lord, if now I have found favor in your sight, please do not pass your servant by.” Likewise, when the two disciples encountered the Resurrected Christ on the Emmaus road, the Lord first acted as though He would continue, until the disciples beckoned him to remain.
There is something reminiscent of these two encounters that are pertinent to our visitation. It is a declaration of desperation that is somehow essential for us to encounter the Lord in this fresh new way. The Bride is going to be anointed and established with the fullness of God’ Spirit to fulfill John’s revelation when he recorded Revelations 22:17 declaring “And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.”
When I asked the Lord to please not pass us by, the cloud descended and manifested Himself with power and glory. When this transpired, it made everything seem good. Suddenly all the pain, difficulties and hardships we have encountered over the prior years vanished from my mind. It is like a woman giving birth; once the child is delivered, the pain and travail is abruptly overridden by the joy of the new birth.
Fortunately, I shared this encounter in a conference our ministry co-hosted in Frederick, Maryland the weekend before departing for Tucson. The message in Maryland provided a documented verification of the revelation before the events that transpired the following week in Tucson.
A tremendous confirmation came concerning the implications of this revelation while we were in Tucson, when a supernatural manifestation occurred at 3:00 AM on February 26th in the hotel room of Pastor Steven Shelley. What appeared to him to be a golden light manifested on the wall of his room with blue and white flames flickering above it. Close examination reveals that the amber colored light resembles a portal while the camera captured the blue flames as the appearance of lattice.
The picture is included below:
The Bible clearly promised there would be signs and wonders in the New Testament church that confirms His Word. This is absolutely a supernatural manifestation to validate our invitation to encounter the Lord through “open heaven” revelations that reveal His presence and power. This has provided a great source of encouragement for where we presently stand in God’s prophetic timetable.
Thy Kingdom Come
The prophet Isaiah asked the question, “who are these who fly like a cloud, and like doves to their lattices?” There is a natural application to this prophetic declaration related to the promised restoration of Israel to the glory of God’s Kingdom. There can also be a spiritual implication involving “sons of the Kingdom” who soar in the Spirit by tremendous revelatory encounters with the Living Word, and bring the unveiling of His Kingdom to the earth. The messages this company presents will prepare the Bride of Christ for compatibility with the Bridegroom so that the Spirit and the Bride can say “Come.”
The Hebrew word translated “lattice” is arubbah, meaning a chimney, lattice or heavenly window. It is the same word used in Malachi 3:10 describing the heavens opening and God’s blessings descending.
The latter-day generation is promised access to the mysteries spoken to the prophet Daniel but concealed in a book that is sealed until the end-of-time. However, Daniel also prophesied that those who have insight with understanding will shine brightly as heavenly firmament and turn many to righteousness. This speaks of the great harvest. We are further into God’s plan than most realize!
The Lord’s Prayer will be fulfilled in its entirety. He prayed, “thy Kingdom come; thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” The portal or open heaven experience is to indicate a visitation of the Seven Spirits of God to this generation and the manifestation of His presence in real and tangible ways.
The Bible tells us that the heavens opened over the Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit descended as the appearance of a dove, and remained upon Him. From that point onward, the greatest miracle ministry in history of mankind transpired.
Our promised day of visitation is quickly approaching. To do the “greater works” as outlined in John 14:12, we must expect no less than this precise manifestation of God to produce a tree of life. God’s Word tells us in Proverbs 13:12 that, “hope deferred makes the heart sick, but desire fulfilled is a tree of life”. Like the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, our counsel is to “urge and insist” that He comes in and remains with us, and continues to allow humility and character to be established within us.
Destiny of a Divine Nature thru Grace
By JoAnn McFatter
There is a desire encoded in each of us, when we are created unto a destiny in God, one of a divine nature. Depending on our life experiences, we get in touch with this desire in vastly different ways but, as scripture notes, the blueprints are within us.
My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them. – Psalm 139: 15-16
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations. – Jeremiah 1:5
Jeremiah was no exception. Each of us has a destiny of a divine nature that is wrapped up in God and binds us to Him, enabling us to walk it out as we pursue union with Him. He wove it into our DNA as He formed us, even before we were in our mother’s womb.
Yes, we have heard it spoken many times from the pulpit, but has it really sunk in that we are born for greatness in God or we would not be on the earth at this time. He would not have covered us with His amazing grace if it were not so. If He had not done that, we would be lost as a goose – every one of us.
“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now I’m found.
Was blind but now I see.”
As we step into this destiny of ours, we do it with the knowledge deeply imbedded in us that but for grace, we would surely perish along the way. That is why this destiny we move into is of a divine nature. It will take the grace of His divine attributes to carry us into and through the process of seeing it accomplished to become overcomers in the end.
Who are you, O great mountain ? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of ‘ Grace. Grace to it ‘ – Zechariah 4:7
Thus says the Lord; “The people who survived the sword found grace in the wilderness – Israel, when I went to give him rest. – Jeremiah 31:2
And now for a little while grace has been shown from the Lord our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a peg in His holy place, that our God may enlighten our eyes and give us a measure of revival in our bondage. – Ezra 9:8
What we are about to step into is so great in relationship to the history of mankind, that He’s had to “allure us to the wilderness,” to show us who we are apart from His divine grace operating in and around us. If you are reading this, most likely, you have survived the sword whether it is from God or from the enemy, and you are presently finding grace in your wilderness. This truly is the year of the favor of the Lord in our lives. He WILL have His remnant. He is not a man that He would lie.
He is about to “give us a measure of revival,” yes, even in our bondage, for we are not yet totally free. He is giving us eyes to see the beginnings of what is about to take the nations by storm as He pours out favor and grace upon us by sending a little help from His sanctuary to our sanctuary. As angelic help is released to us to see the supernatural operating at a level we’ve not experienced until now, our faith will grow and we truly will believe, even in our unbelief. This is all His idea. YOU and your destiny are His idea and He will see it through – even to the point that when you say to this mountain be moved, it will be moved.
He is saying over you, “GRACE, GRACE! “. HE’S CALLING YOU OUT into your destiny for it is upon you now with abundant grace. Though you may have grown weary even in well doing, now is the time to take a deep breath with a leap of abandonment into what you know beats inside you. You may have laid it down. You may have stepped back. You may have reined in your expectations, most likely from a lack of revelation of just how great is this enabling grace of His.
I encourage you to go see the movie “Amazing Grace.” It will put a fire in you and open your eyes that were once blind to see the vision that has most likely died, and see it resurrected to its fullness. It’s part of the process, as is the fact that the road that leads to the fulfillment of your destiny is probably not how you envisioned it. We need each other to speak into our destiny, to raise our arms, so to speak, when we have reached our end. But with the help of great grace, your destiny will be fulfilled in a way that “eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor has entered into your heart the thing which God has prepared for you” 1 Corinthians 2:9 (loosely translated)
You were born for this hour when destiny is calling you up and out. Up and out of yourself and your circumstance and into the place where God is your boundaries and borders. Nothing less will get you there. It is impossible to please God without this kind of faith; without this kind of abandonment and without the determination to set your eye on Him and Him alone. That is what gives us the ability to see through His eyes just what and where we are called to, above the limitations and the belief system of this earthly realm. What you are called to is otherworldly and supernatural in its very nature.
I’ve said it before, as have so many others, but I would be remiss to not say it again.
After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, ‘ Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.’ – Revelation 4:1
We must see our destiny through His eyes. It is too great to imagine on our own. By His enabling grace our eyes will be opened and we will see into eternity to receive the faith to step into what He has called us to, as He steps into us that it might be accomplished in us and through us.
Fireside Chat with Bob Jones
Freedom from the Chain Gang
By Paul Keith Davis
I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly. – Galatians 2:21
In a revelatory experience, Bob was shown how our enemy has deceived many Christians in such a way that they are essentially functioning as if they were members of a chain-gang. He saw in a vision how Christians were bound together with chains laboring under a heavy burden they were not equipped to bear. It looked identical to the images we have seen of early 19th and 20th century prison labor gangs working along roads and fields.
A chain gain is defined as a group of prisoners chained together for the purpose of conducting outdoor labor. Our adversary has effectively created this scenario by convincing Christians to do “penance” instead of repentance. Many are deceived into doing things for God in order to remove the guilty conscience of sin, instead of faithfully receiving forgiveness of sin through repentance.
Penance is defined as punishment or tokens remitted in exchange for the forgiveness of sins. It is a form of disciplinary action in order to gain the removal or absolution of an individual’s wrongdoing. Penance is actually a form of self abasement in order to atone for unrighteous acts. Paul said,
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Salvation is the gift of God and the forgiveness of wrong actions after we have become believers is derived the same way. We cannot continue with works, what began by grace.
Bob watched as the enemy continued to escalate the demands of penance in order for people to feel a sense of relief from the conviction of their sins. Eventually, this burden was so great that it became impossible for their conscience to be free from the weight of sin. The chains of condemnation and shame resulted; these snares then produced a fruitless life.
True repentance is more than Godly sorrow; it is also a change of mind. In its truest form, spirit granted repentance will:
1. Produce genuine sorrow for unrighteousness.
2. Produce a disdain and forsaking of the acts unrighteousness.
3. Produce a surrendered heart to God’s will, resulting in fruitful works
In reality, it is simple faith in the completed work of the cross that cleanses us from the violations of sin. If we do not accept that plain truth, then we are not coming to Him on the basis of faith. Without faith it is impossible to please God. No matter how our natural mind attempts to override this literal reality, we must come to the realization that faith in the cross sets us free from the “chain gang” of deception.
Free From Chains of Failure
The Lord is seeking repentance so that the chains of failure can be dismantled. It is unbelief when we continue to feel guilty for something the Lord has completely forgiven and erased.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. – I John 1:9
Penance is another expression for the works of the flesh. Clearly, there is a place in God that we do works to validate our faith in Him. Nevertheless, our works can never pay the price for the remission of sin.
In Bob’s encounter, he was given 1 John 1 as a reference to highlight God’s love for us and the purifying of our unrighteous acts. The Lord is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and to cleanse us of all unrighteousness. That is His word!
Without this revelation we become like slaves living in continual penance without ever coming to the knowledge of the truth. Penance is not pleasing to the Lord, but repentance is.
Great faith is required for the maturity needed to accomplish our latter-day mandate. This is the first step in the process — simply believe God’s Word and move on to fruitfulness.
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 -Hebrews 6:1
Report on Trip to Sabino Canyon
By Paul Keith Davis
I believe there is a spiritual blessing derived from honoring men and women of the past used nobly by God. It is never our intent to set them on a pedestal or make modern-day icons of them, but simply honor what God did through them. Unfortunately, many of God’s champions have been dissected and scrutinized to such a degree that a spirit of criticism emerges against them.
Our healthy admonition in Hebrews 13:7-8 is to analyze, understand and examine the lives of those who presented God’s Word to us and imitate their faith. We do this because Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. If we come to the Lord on the same basis of faith as former champions did, then He will do through us what he did through them and change our generation.
There was something inherent in Joshua that caused him to linger around the Tent of Meetings where Moses met with God. This expression of his desperate heart helped qualify him to follow Moses as leader of Israel.
With that foundation in mind, I would like to share a brief report of our late February trip to the Tucson, AZ area. The first place that I went, along with Pastor Steven Shelly and Pastor’s Peter and Cathryn Nash, was to Sabino Canyon. There were several notable encounters that William Branham had in these mountains.
I was shocked to see the tremendous difference in the landscape since visiting this area with Bobby Connor in late June of 2006. I discovered that 33 days after Bobby and I visited the sites, a 10,000 year flood transpired in the Canyon causing great damage and rearranging the landscape.
Because of the road damage, we were required to walk over two miles to the place where brother Branham encountered the Lord and a sword was placed into his hand, representing the revelation of God’s Word coming to our generation. We were also required to climb a 100 foot cliff to reach the spot where this event took place. We remained there for approximately two hours, simply asking the Lord to do in our generation the tremendous things that we read about in the prior outpourings. There was something inherently important about the release of revelatory truth in the Latter Rain revival that will find its fulfillment in our day.
We also went to other locations where appearances and other revelations transpired concerning the maturing of the Lord’s Bride.
Following that day of adventure, Steven Shelley and I traveled with Pastor Pearry Green to Sunset Mountain Where the seven angels met with Brother Branham in 1963. We spent 10 hour that day with Pastor Pearry discussing his firsthand accounts of the last years of Brother Branham’s life and how so much has been distorted.
I am pleased to announce Pastor Green will join us in our May conference. I plan to take an entire session to interview him and get on the record what he saw and heard for himself involving misunderstood events and conversations in William Branham’s latter years. Hopefully he can bring clarity to many of the misconceptions and also ignite faith by sharing wonderful stories that he witnessed himself of things God did in those days.
The main revelation that I received in this day of travel to Sunset Mountain was a sense of urgency that we must pick up these revelations and bring them to fullness. The seeds for end-of-the-age maturing of the “sons of light” were sown in the prior revival in the same fashion that Moses delivered Israel from Egypt and imparting the basic revelation for obtaining the promises.
Following Moses, Joshua provided leadership to carry the people across Jordan and into the land of promise and the realization of their inheritance. This is the same model that we feel emanating for this present age.
On April 3 I will be sharing in a spoken message the full understanding that we gained in this trip to the Tucson, Arizona area. That CD will be available on our web site that will hopefully provide insight and faith to step into this new day.