March 27, 2003

Greetings friends,

These are indeed extraordinary days requiring the full attention of God’s people and essential cooperation between Heaven and earth. The prophet/king David knew something of the conflict of nations and once expressed— One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to meditate in His temple. For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; in the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock. (Ps 27:4-5)

Despite the tendency of human nature to become anxious during times of unrest, the people of God must steadfastly remain in the Spirit of Peace. When times are the darkest, light shines all the more brilliantly. We are called to be the “light” and “salt” of the world… to be illumination and spiritual flavor. When our anchor is securely fashioned in Christ, then the conflict of nations and political unrest cannot deter God’s people from their heavenly mandate.

FOCUS- FOCUS- FOCUS

The events of recent days have clearly created quite a stir in the Heavenlies. One word has come through as a clear mandate involving issues surrounding our nation’s involvement in Iraq- FOCUS. Despite the clear concerns for our nation’s military personnel and the political issues involving the conflict of nations, we must maintain a clear focus on the admonitions of Heaven and the birthing of God’s purposes in our nation and throughout the earth.

Over the past few years we have continued to stress the importance of maintaining a spiritual determination to see heavens’ blueprint established in the earth. As with Daniel, the Prince of Persia is continuing its attempt to withstand the release of Heavenly provision to the earth. The Lord has stated that the spiritual influences we see depicted in Daniel 10 are the very ones predominantly involved in this hour. If our focus is diverted or even divided, then it would hinder the ability of the Church to fully apprehend the release of divine opportunity presently before us. There is an open door through which we must ascend to begin the unveiling of Kingdom power and authority.

Clearly, the political objectives involving this conflict are just. Nonetheless, we must be careful not to allow the enemy to escalate conflict before its appointed time in an attempt to frustrate spiritual objectives.

The Prince of Persia

In January of 1999 we were involved, with several other ministries, in Prophetic meetings of leaders to seek the Lord for insight into the coming seasons. Throughout the years, these gatherings have been very fruitful in outlining the Lord’s heart for a given season and also identifying plans of the enemy set against the Church and our nation.

In this particular year, the Lord graciously shared very specific issues that have direct application to the events of recent days. In summary, the acts of terrorism and unrest among the Islamic nations surrounding the region of the Middle East have been the orchestration of a spiritual influence identified in the Bible as the Prince of Persia. The present conflict facing our nation is more spiritual than political.

The Bible plainly foretells a time of conflict with the nation identified as “Babylon.” Our focus must be for a concentrated voice to ascend heaven, asking for the Lord’s intervention to prohibit the inappropriate timing for these conflicts. Most importantly, our earnest aspiration is to see the Lord’s great power and authority demonstrated in the earth and among the nations.

TERRORISM IS NOT COMING- IT IS HERE

In the meetings the Holy Spirit gave us an admonition and said, “Terrorism is not coming…It is already here and an attack is imminent.” We shared part of this perspective in the article, “The Lord’s Heart For Intercession.” This same influence is at the heart of the war we are presently engaging.

The prophecy went on to say that the attack will come through the marriage of a “Religious” spirit and “Political” spirit forming an un-holy alliance. This will be an evil double anointing, thinking they are doing good and serving god, yet promoting evil.

THE BIRTHING OF GOD’S PURPOSES

Clearly, the Holy Spirit was sharing with us the plans of the enemy and the ultimate purpose of these plans that extended far beyond the promoting of a radical agenda. In these revelations, the Lord specifically stated that the ultimate purpose of the un-holy alliance is to “frustrate the birthing of God’s purposes in our nation.”

The very fact that the terrorism and national conflict has been inaugurated, is proof positive that great end-time purposes are being birthed with notable power and authority coming to those groomed and prepared for this day. There will be a company of believers who will “cross over” as spies to taste the good word of God and the Power of the age to come and share it with the Body at large and introduce a new day in the Spirit. This can only be fully realized through the steadfast intercession of God’s prayer warriors.

THE LORD’S HOLY ALLIANCE

In the meeting in 1999 the Lord identified His “Holy Alliance” and antidote for the plans of the enemy. His strategy is for the emergence of the “Watchman” which will be the Holy partnership of the “Prophet/Prophetic” and the “Intercessor” providing continual prayer. This one reason we are presently seeing great interest in “Houses of Prayer” being established throughout the Church. Leaders are discerning this great need in order to touch Heaven for this long foretold day.

The Lord went on to give this admonition to us…”This is not to be touched by human hands- that is, human perceptions, traditions and formulas. Instead, that which is coming will be Spirit led and Spirit sponsored.”

All that is taking place in our nation is directed against the divine purposes the Lord has desired to release to us. However, as the scriptures point out, “From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force.” If we truly hunger to see God’s government birthed and functioning, we must unwaveringly take our post of duty and appropriate the Lord’s authority through anointed prayer. That is His strategy for this season.

Fireside Chat With Bob Jones- By Paul Keith Davis

As we have stated in prior articles, the purpose of sharing the symbolic and allegorical meaning of various types and symbols is simply for the purpose of providing a standard for interpretation. The Lord generally establishes a unique language with each of us individually. He will take life experiences, personal interests, individual environment and biblical symbolism to incorporate in His dialogue with us. The predominant purposes of the things we are sharing are to provide principles of interpretation and understanding of the Lord’s communications with us.

Question- Bob, does the Lord sometimes use various fruits in His communications with you? If so, what are some of the meanings?

Answer- The Lord does utilize various kinds of fruit in His communications with us. Here are some of the potential representations of truth illustrated in this form.

In one of the prophetic experiences that are often times given to Bob, he found himself in a Heavenly place in which he was able to observe the Lord in what seemed to be a very special day. He watched as individuals were approaching the Lord and presenting to Him various gifts. Initially, Bob seemed a little grieved when he thought that he had come before the Lord without a gift to present. However, the Lord directed him to look at his hands and he surprisingly discovered beautiful grapes that were to be presented to the Lord as a gift.

Wondering how the grapes made their way into his possession, Bob was instructed that the grapes of Eshcol were the fruit of his decisions. During dry and difficult seasons, worldly options are presented to us. Each time we say “NO” to those options, it produced a grape that is the fruit of the promise to come… it is the sharing of the nature of Christ.

Many individuals were presenting the fruit of their journey. There were a variety of fruits presented to distinguish the various attributes they exhibited during the trying season. These are a brief description of their attributes:

Orange- Representing Love. Ps 2:12- Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.

The Lord is our great pleasure and intimacy with him produces greater expressions of love within us. This fruit can be an indication of the sun which would symbolically portray the “son.”

Peach- Representing Joy. Producing a sweet sense of well-being. Pleasing to the Lord. The joy of the Lord is our strength. It is representing sweet companionship with Him.

Apple- Representing Peace. Apple has often been associated with good health. A tranquil and peaceful spirit produces a healthy body. It can also represent covenant relationship as the “Apple of His eye.” Peace is generated when we are free from the anxiety and emotions of this world.

Pear– Representing Patience. It can also be a representation of longevity. A life that is enduring without calamity.

Tomato– Representing Kindness. The tomato is a fruit of passion representing the heart of God. It can be a symbol of “big heartedness,” generosity and an undefiled conscience. This fruit can often times represent the attributes of the Lord’s heart of compassion and mercy.

Strawberry– Representing Goodness. This is a fruit symbolizing divine virtue and healing. It is often times representative of the biblical hyssop which has strong cleansing and healing components. It also can represent humility as it grows close to the ground. It is a symbol of goodness or excellence. His excellent virtue flows through us as we present ourselves in a humble state.

Grapes– Representing Faithfulness. Grapes can be a representation of the fruit of promise. It also denotes loyalty as demonstrated by the faithful spies. Loyalty equals promises fulfilled. It is depicted when we say no to our worldly options and fears. It can also represent those who are bond-servants or “love slaves” to the Lord. John 15:15. It is a fruit sometimes illustrating friendship with the Lord.

Banana– Representing Gentleness. The banana is softhearted and tender yet rich in nutrients. It contains vitamins essential for a healthy heart. It is also of a color that is often representative of the Glory. The amber are yellow nature of the banana can portray a representation of His Glory attributes.

Grapefruit– Representing Self-control. It is a large citrus food that is both sweet and sour. It is sometimes difficult to endure the consequences of self-control but its fruit is “sweet.” It is a representation of control in the realm of the emotions. It is sweet when it produces a focus on the Lord and sour when we are forced to deal with the nature of the old man.

Waiting On The Lord

By Wanda Davis

On March 17, 2003, at around 1:30 in the morning, the Lord gave me a dream that seems to have relevance for this season we are presently in. The nature and atmosphere of the dream clearly communicated that its message contained an admonition and directive for our ministry and perhaps the corporate body as well.

The dream begins in a setting similar to a church or conference meeting. In it, I observed a man whom I have never met in the natural but know indirectly through friends as a powerful and faithful servant of the Lord. His name is Sadhu Sundar Selvaraj. He is originally from India but his ministry is based in Singapore. I watched as he was earnestly praying for a specific woman and noticed that much power was being deposited through this man and was deeply ministering to the needs of the woman. In fact, the virtue was so intense that she was unable to speak.

I continued to watch as Sundar walked over to me and called me by name. He said, “Wanda, there is too much rushing in many meetings and not enough waiting upon the Lord.” Although this may initially seem like a simple word, it was delivered with power and appeared to be an important admonition for us and the body of Christ. It was illustrated that the fruit of “Waiting on the Lord” was demonstrated in the ministry to the woman.

Now having prayed and meditated upon the dream, it seems the Holy Spirit is releasing a measure of understanding into its meaning. Somehow, it is a strategy to help launch us into the next season of the Spirit and flow more fluently with Him. It is an expression of the desire of His heart for us.

I believe we have only a small fragment of comprehension concerning the ministry of “waiting on the Lord.” Perhaps this particular individual was used to communicate this message because of the unique culture from which he comes and the discipline they inherently possess to more patiently wait on God. We in our society have been indoctrinated into an accelerated mind-set and sometimes miss divine opportunities in our meetings and individual lives. Our admonition in our meetings is to “rest” in the Lord and more patiently tarry until there is power for ministry.

There are a few scriptures that have emerged with application that may be helpful and encouraging as we discover more fully this important ministry. Once we discover the fruit of “waiting on the Lord” and ministering to Him, it will help encourage us to develop in this arena. Certainly part of the application of this message is to help fortify us during seasons of discouragement so that we would not begin to question the Lord and His promises to us.

I will stand on my guard post and station myself on the rampart; and I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me, and how I may reply when I am reproved. Then the LORD answered me and said, “Record the vision and inscribe {it} on tablets, that the one who reads it may run. For the vision is yet for the appointed time; it hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; for it will certainly come, it will not delay. (Hab 2:1-3) (see also Hebrews 10:36-39 and Isaiah 40:31)

According to His word, the Lord is not slack concerning His promises but rather long-suffering toward us and not willing that any should perish but all come to repentance. We should be diligent to be found by Him in peace and in good courage, even during difficult seasons. That is certainly our goal and prayer.

Time is Accelerating

By Shawn Bolz

I can’t believe how fast things can happen in the Kingdom of God. It is truly like Isaiah 66 where the Lord says He will birth a nation in a day. I believe that kind of birthing is happening right now all across the Earth. The day of the Lord is accelerating violently and the violent men take it by force. Many of the real outpourings of the Kingdom happened during times of unrest in the world. With the present war and the division of countries, we are in one of the greatest season of unrest experienced in decades. Now is the time for the church to be focused on the prize of Jesus. We need to take hold of that which He has taken hold of for us… now. (Philippians 3)

By the Lord’s grace, our team has seen more miracles and prophetic revelation in the last few months than we have had in the past few years. There has also been a notable increase of strategic meetings with corporate implications. I have talked to many other ministries and they agree that they are in a similar place of acceleration. Let me tell you, if it hasn’t hit you yet, the “suddenlies” of God are overtaking the body of Christ.

There will be no more delay!

This expression of God’s plan is not about us feeling more motivated than usual. There literally has been something released in the Spirit and I believe it lines up with Revelations 10 where the Angel shouted “There will be no more delay!”

This is the kind of season we are in and we need to take heed and know that Jesus is coming soon. This is a hard revelation for some because we do not yet have enough of the love of God on the Earth to perpetuate the excitement of heaven. Nevertheless, the love of God is flowing! It will manifest very shortly in a move that will hit the ends of the Earth. His love will come by manifestations of Glory… not just renewal… not just visions and dreams, but the tangible love of God manifested so that we experience the ecstasy of heaven.

I believe that there are signs of the times all over the Earth. Some are scary and some are good. Even in the midst of this war we as Christians have the golden opportunity to see God’s heart in a larger perspective so that we look past Earths trauma’s, straight up into the will of God.

A New Priority in Ministries

Our heart in this season is for God’s people to see clearly that our priority is not just to prophecy, teach, or lay hands on people. Those things do happen in our meetings and are valued, but they are not the primary focus. The days are more serious and we can not just entertain the body with gifts and talents that come with eloquent words. We are after the Spirit of Truth visiting on Earth as He is in heaven…something far beyond a manifestation of spiritual gifts. We want Jesus to begin to inherit more of His reward through us and this is the kind of ministry that will be marked with a true visitation.

Many times in our meetings, no one even gets hands laid on them or prophetic words, but they are gripped by God in a way that only He can do. We actually encourage people not to look for prophetic words from us, but to actually believe that Jesus is present and wants to speak directly to them. In this way, if we get words, the focus is still on Him and it is secondary to what the presence of Spirit is doing.

God is providing a new model of ministry, where He comes in such a sovereign way that He will spontaneously heal, visit, envision, and change people’s lives. We have to move into a higher realm of the anointing so that we are no longer dependant upon the gifting of man, but on God himself. When this kind of power happens in meetings on a regular basis, there will not be enough ministry teams to lay hands on people. We will be required to trust the manifestation of the Spirit of Truth. We will have to walk in a relationship of union with Him. But if we accomplish this focus, whole stadiums will be filled with people who will be crying out for His will to be done and His Kingdom to come on Earth as it is in Heaven.

We Have to Be Fully Willing!

I remember when I had a back injury when I was 19 and I was almost crippled. I was so tired of getting prayer from people in the church that didn’t seem to know how to pray for me, so I stopped receiving prayer. Then one day a brother in the Lord came over to my house with a word from God. He was shaking from the fear of God that accompanied the message he was carrying. “God says you have a spirit of pride because you have stopped receiving prayer for healing. If you want Jesus to receive His full inheritance and reward from your life you will have to walk and have a strong back because you are called to the nations. Therefore, you are holding him back by not receiving prayer for this healing because you think the prayers are not being heard.”

I knew this was the true word of the Lord, and even though I wasn’t responsible for the fact that I was not healed up to that point (I can’t heal myself He must heal me) I knew that I was responsible for giving up on prayer. I repented for being weary, tired, and frustrated. The very next day I was in a meeting at a local church in Kansas City and a man had a word of knowledge concerning the Lord’s desire to heal someone’s back. God gloriously imparted His healing virtue to completely restore my back and I have X-rays to prove my healing of slipped and deteriorating discs!

It is imperative that we possess a heart for Jesus to receive His full inheritance through our lives, even if it requires us to fight, war and even push. God is so gracious that He will only disqualify us if we close our hearts to the willingness to obey Him. We have to keep our hearts softened in this season.

So much can happen when we maintain a willing heart, even if our hearts ‘yes’ to God seems small. As a dear friend of mine says when she preaches ‘Big babies are birthed through small openings.” God wants you to realize that your small faith is big enough for him to move mountains and if your motive is for Him to reap His reward, there is no stopping the kingdom of heaven from advancing! Isaiah 62 talks about Jesus coming back with His reward in His hands, and making us a city that is no longer deserted because we are His reward!

God is Exacting a Price to Walk in Kingdom Living

Every month I meet Christians who are discouraged, depressed, and who have fainting hearts. I don’t mean those with chronic illnesses, but those who have been fighting the battle hard and are on the verge of giving up because the price of forerunning seems so hard. If I had not been building a real sustained relationship around my love for Jesus and not just my ministry to man, then I would have quit a long time ago after hearing all the Christians who were jaded and filled with discouragement in the Kingdom.

It is a great privilege to be able to minister to these ones though, because I can relate to the dark night of the soul that God allows us to go through.

I want to be vulnerable. I remember just 3 years ago being at the end of myself, my gifts that God gave me…my desire for church… my desire for people. I had to check myself into a season of seeking Him alone or else I might have yielded my calling to love others.

God wants lovesick men and woman who pursue Him and then press through the pain of suffering in our passions. That is part of the building process and our needed growth. When people begin to get jaded towards their church, their leadership, their ministry, or their family, it is a sign that they no longer have a willing heart. In that mind-set, walls of protection go up because of pride… not just because of real wounds.

The Dark Night of the Soul

I know that this is a season where I have been talking to more people then ever who are going through the depths of the dark night where their love is awakened to God but He is still in the process of winning their affections. God is breaking people out of their addiction to live vicariously through human relationships. He is even allowing people to be persecuted inside the church. This can look like a discouraging process. However, in all reality, isn’t there always the pain of longing for more intimacy in any real love relationship? This is part of the maturing work of love, persecution and suffering. I know that I have gone through it, as have others, and will go through it again. It is just hard for many who misunderstand the opportunity for growth when persecution comes from those closest to us. Jesus spoke about this and prepared us for it, but the reality of it hitting home is very hard.

I encourage those of you who are in this time of testing to read Philippians 3 about Paul’s description of His dark night of the soul. It is worth it and when we are experiencing this discouragement it is mostly our flesh confirming that we are no longer living for ourselves, but, abandoning ourselves to Him and Him alone!

If we can understand His processes right now, we can agree with the Holy Spirit’s work in us. Most of the proclamations in the body of Christ are not coming through the Spirit of Wisdom, but from the understanding of man based upon our experiences of suffering. Let us set a higher goal then, to embrace the Spirit of God, and all His workings without complaint! Knowing that He is fully with us, and that we have nothing to fear… only everything to gain. When the world sees a church like this, they will see Jesus.

Super Conductivity

By Barry Stephen Goldfarb

To walk in spirit and in truth. To be unencumbered. To take, (truly take), dominion over the things we have been given authority over – to walk in unity, and in harmony, and to be at peace with one another is to move in rhythm, move in harmony. To be in one accord.. And to do so is to have the goal of living a life of no resistance.

No resistance?

Jesus asks us to hand our heavy burdens unto Him. Be anxious for nothing. Love our neighbors as ourselves. Resist the enemy.

Resistance.

Every molecule. Every atom, as we have learned in previous articles, carries with it it’s own self contained energy field. These ‘living’, moving electrons bounce around everywhere. As we take dominion over the things in us, (first) and around us, we are causing these atoms to take on a singularity of purpose. To move in the direction we command.

Everything in us and around us provides resistance. When we move in the way of the Lord, we cause the storms to be still. The friction of stress begins to give way, and we are set free to move in a focused way of ease and peace.

Conductivity.

A teacher speaking before a group of young physics students asks the class to imagine electricity moving through a copper wire. Think of the electrons within the copper wire as people, and the wire as a giant sports arena. When the electricity is turned on, the wire and the electrons become like super bowl sunday. With the stadium now packed to the hilt, imagine someone screaming “Fire”. The people run frantically. Few get out. Fewer survive. Most are trampled on as the rest flee for their lives.

This is what happens when everyday electricity moves through ordinary copper wire.

Super Conductivity.

Now imagine the same super bowl arena filled to capacity….. only this time, imagine each person were a soldier, and the commanding officer spoke over the PA stating gently that “we have a fire”. I want each of you to begin marching in cadence, with each row existing, one behind the other in orderly fashion.

In this scenario, all the electrons move through the wire in unity and harmony. Not one is crushed, lost or buried. The lack of resistance produces a free flow.

God is calling His people to move from the natural to the super-natural. From being an ordinary conductor of His image, to being a super conductor.

Days of Destiny

Three consecutive dates have been identified in April as having prophetic purpose. We believe the conference in Shreveport could be a significant encounter with the Lord in the restoration process of the healing and prophetic anointing delegated to the prior generation.

This past January, Bob Jones was given in a vision the date, April 16th and the passage 1 John 4:16. In the experience he was shown a star rising in the east to indicate something that is being birthed in and around this season. Please join with us in prayer concerning this release.

Shawn Bolz was given the day April 18 while in a conference in Albany OR. We will include a few of the highlights of his vision below:

In November during a prophetic conference in Albany OR, I was taken into a vivid spiritual experience that I believe was a trance and was standing in a “heavenly place.” I knew that I was not alone but three other men were standing with me. The Lord was positioned in front of us, clothed in incredible light, which made the surroundings outside of Him difficult to see.

Luke 4:18 and 4/18/2003

The Lord said that expressions of Luke 4:18 were going to be released on 4/18. I had an emphatic understanding that there was going to be a power shift on April 18th. I believe, based upon this experience, that a token of Luke 4:18 will be poured out in a sovereign way on this date.

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. (Luke 4:18-19)

This timing on 4/18 could indicate a crossover into a divine purpose and “kairos” moment with God. This will be especially involving the ministry of healing.

Following this exchange, I was taken into a place I had been before and found myself walking down a pathway. There were large holes on either side of the path, and as I tried to determine where I was going and what the holes were, I almost fell into one that was dug directly in the path! I looked down into it and saw it was very deep. The Lord spoke to me and said, “These are wells that different vessels were called to dig in the prior generation, but a few of them were never finished.” I immediately understood this to be a principle out of Hebrews 11:

Finally, Ray Hughes was directed to the date of April 17th through a dream. While participating with us in a conference last fall, he had a dream in which he saw himself “singing a new song.” In the dream he noticed in the corner of the sheet music a written notation saying, “173 days.” When he came out of the dream he counted forward 173 days from that day and discovered that it ended on April 17…the date of Passover.

For these reasons, we are earnestly asking the Lord what He would have us do to cooperate with Him in this release. The Lord spoke while in Idaho and indicated that the Shreveport conference would be the third release in a series of three. The first began in Albany OR in November and the second was a few weeks ago in Idaho. Please pray with us!