November 2001

Greetings Friends,

We are once again writing to share a few of the insights the Lord is stressing during these turbulent and crucial times. We have been amazed at the various prophetic instructions that the Lord gave over the previous several years and how profoundly applicable they are for this hour in which we are living. The Holy Spirit has faithfully provided strategic plans specifically designed to frustrate and overcome the schemes of the enemy and his assault against our nation and the Church. It is now our role to apply them in prayer and supplication by the Spirit of Grace and see the Lord do mighty things in our behalf.

In January of 1999 we were involved, with several other leaders, in a Prophetic Roundtable meetings to seek the Lord for insight into the coming seasons. The term “Prophetic Roundtable” is simply a descriptive term used to illustrate the nature of the meetings as 15-20 men and women seek the Lord in an informal setting, each sharing the piece of the strategic puzzle given to them. 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. Although we clearly grieve with the families and friends directly impacted by current terrorist activities and “copycat” criminals who have seized the moment to join in the evil, there is also a positive side that we must not lose sight of.

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.”

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.

When I first shared these notes in a meeting in Albany OR a few weeks ago, a confirmation of this truth was provided the next day through Newsweek magazine. In it the headline read, “Islam— The Merger of Religion and State” and went on to outline the Islamic agenda and their radical plans for its fulfillment. (NOTE: We must continually remind ourselves that we are strictly against the evil spirit sponsoring Islam, not the people deceived by its doctrine. We are believing for a great harvest among the Muslims and perhaps we are on the threshold of seeing that day.)

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 has hit 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.

In the meeting in 1999 the Lord empathized 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. 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.

In the coming days, the Lord willing, we will share more of the insight the Lord gave us in 1999 and other years. However, following the admonition given shortly after September 11, we have continued to re-examine prior articles in light of the event of that fateful day. In doing so, we have been able to see clearly the Lord’s design for this season and the place of His anointing. We will share a few excerpts from some of those articles in hopes that is will provide greater clarity, focus and encouragement in this battle.

Abundant blessings of Grace,

Paul Keith & Wanda Davis

FROM THE SHEPHERD’S ROD 1995

A CALL TO INTERCESSION

The first thing Bob was shown by the Spirit was a call to intercession for the church. That call to supplication came in the form of two witnesses— Anna and Simeon. Luke 2:25-37.

Anna whose name means ” favor” or “full of grace”, is a type of the intercessor with the revelatory gifting staying before the Lord day and night calling on the Lord for the promise of God. The scripture the Lord gave for this reference was Psalm 111:10 stating the prerequisite or foundation begins with the reverential fear and worship of the Lord.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments His praise endures forever. Ps 111:10

The name Simeon means “to hear” or “hearing with acceptance”. He represents the “Word–Priest” or the “anointed priest” with the scriptural promise yet to be fulfilled. Simeon had received a word from the Lord and believed that word to its fulfillment. The scriptures declare that he was a righteous and devout man…meaning that he cautiously and carefully observed the divine law looking for the fulfillment of God’s promise.

Simeon, who kept the lamp of prophesy burning when religion was at a low ebb in Israel, knew the voice speaking in the prophets of old, and obeyed the revelatory light he was able to comprehend for his generation.

By these two witnesses, we have Anna representing the “Spirit” and Simeon depicting the “anointed word”. These two will bear witness of a new release of the Spirit for a “double blessing” in the same way Jerusalem means double peace.

This is what some have referred to as the establishing of the “kingdom of God” or the “Rule of God.” in the earth— God’s power and authority beginning to be expressed through His Church. This season will denote the beginning of a new thing the Lord is going to do. It will be a year of the doubles – double trouble for those in the world and double peace for those who commit themselves to Christ.

THE COMING JUDGEMENTS

The next thing Bob was able to discern in the revelations, was a ship in which Jesus and His disciples were traveling while storms were raging all around. Oddly, not only were the Lord and His disciples in the boat, but somehow His Church was symbolically represented in the boat with storms howling about her as well. Even so, in the midst of these storms He is declaring to His people, “Peace-Peace” and calling us to stay in the boat. It is only in the boat with Him that we discover security from the storms. The Holy Spirit indicated this will be a year of extraordinary storms from many directions and He emphasized John 14:27 as our refuge.

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you, not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled neither let it be afraid.–John 14:27

The Lord said the storms will come against us in two ways. They will come against our spirit, soul, and body, – which is what we are. Secondly, the storms will come against us financially, socially, emotionally, and sexually, – which is what we do.

We are warned in I John 2:15-17 not to love the world nor the things in the world. If we love the world and the things of the world, then the love of the Father is not in us. During this year we must begin to ask the Holy Spirit to purge from us the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and boastful pride of life; for these are not from the Father but are a part of the world. These things in the world will come under judgement and will be openly displayed as futility and vanity of vanities.

A great variety of storms will rage against each of these realms of our lives. However, the Lord is conveying, if we will submit ourselves to Him, then we will escape the effect of the storms.

Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:7-8

The soon coming judgements will produce lunar storms in the heavens… storms on the earth…and storms in the earth. The disturbances address a cross spectrum of our existence— financial turbulence, military confrontations, winter storms, wind, hail, sleet, ice, tornadoes, famines, flood, pestilence, and inter-city uprisings, just to name a few.

This country will see double trouble this year, and the years to follow, in order to test the people on earth. However, the Lord is also offering double peace for those who will come to Him and hearken to His voice. Double-peace will produce wholeness, completeness, harmony, health, prosperity, rest, safety, welfare, and tranquility. Ultimately, the choice is ours. We must chose this day whom we shall serve…the spirit of the world or the Spirit of the Lord.

THE SMITH’S OF THE LORD

The Holy Spirit announced, “See the smiths of the Lord at work— by My Spirit says the Lord”. These are the smiths or workmen found in Zechariah 1:20-21

Then the LORD showed me four craftsmen. I said, “What are these coming to do?” And he said, “These are the horns which have scattered Judah so that no man lifts up his head; but these craftsmen have come to terrify them, to throw down the horns of the nations who have lifted up their horns against the land of Judah in order to scatter it.”

The faithful workmen symbolized by this passage will be forming new weapons and will be armed from the heavenly armory sent forth to beat down the horns or powers of the enemy. The “smiths” or workmen are soon emerging to terrorize the powers of the adversary and cause them to become panic stricken and begin casting out the powers of the nations that lifted up their strength against God’s people. We will begin to see this starting to take shape in this season of the Spirit.

This move of the Spirit will introduce a strong spirit of conviction that is coming to the body of Christ causing many to wash their garments or robes and prepare themselves for service. Their scripture will be Isaiah 62:3— You will also be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.

THE EMERGING OF THE FOUR WAR HORSES

The Lord then gave Acts 21:9 and Zechariah 1:8 and showed the coming forth of the four red war horses using Philip and his four virgin daughters as spiritual types of these war horses.

Now this man had four virgin daughters who were prophetesses.–Acts 21:9

I saw at night, and behold, a man was riding on a red horse, and he was standing among the myrtle trees which were in the ravine, with red, sorrel, and white horses behind him.– Zech 1:8

Philip’s name actually means “the lovers of horses.” We discover this notable disciple as a powerful evangelist whose ministry touched the nations as demonstrated through the Ethiopian eunuch. Jeremiah12:5 asserts, if footmen have wearied the world – how much more shall horsemen? Meaning, the power that the world has seen emerging from the church is nothing compared to that which is coming.

The red horse denotes war in the heavenlies by way of intercession or inspired prayer which will produce power evangelism. Philip’s four virgin daughter’s represent the red war horses of intercession and inspired prayer.

These virgin prophetesses had not been touched by the hands of man, implying the war horses have not embraced the doctrines and precepts of men. The female intercessors will provide inspired prayer that will produce divinely granted repentance resulting in power evangelism, especially among the youth.

It is little wonder we see Philip in Acts 8 ministering in great power, evangelizing the territory. He had four daughters pulling down the gates of the enemy through intercession, producing repentance on the part of the people and power evangelism through Philip.

OPENING GATES TO THE CITIES

Bob was shown a vision of a company of warriors coming forth in the order of Samson, whose name means “little sun”. Samson had a little of the son in Him and lived at a time when the people did what was right in their own sight – (Judges 17:6). The spiritual law or the inspired Word of God was ignored during that period of time, much like it is today throughout our country.

Now Samson went to Gaza and saw a harlot there, and went in to her.

When it was told to the Gazites, saying, “Samson has come here,” they surrounded the place and lay in wait for him all night at the gate of the city. And they kept silent all night, saying, “Let us wait until the morning light, then we will kill him.”

Now Samson lay until midnight, and at midnight he arose and took hold of the doors of the city gate and the two posts and pulled them up along with the bars; then he put them on his shoulders and carried them up to the top of the mountain which is opposite Hebron. (Judg 16:1-3)

The group of ministers prophetically displayed as “Samson’s,” were shown arising in power, carrying away the “gates of the city.” City gates spoken of in the Bible were symbols of power and authority. The term “Gaza” means “strong” or ” stronghold of the enemy”. In Genesis 22:17 God promised Abraham that his descendants would possess the gates of their enemies. From this symbolic pledge, we will see these leaders carrying away the “gates” of the enemy withstanding God’s purposes in various cities.

These specially commissioned and anointed leaders will uproot the “gates of the city” or the strongholds of the enemy and carry them to Hebron which is a place of communion or alliance and the place where God changed Abram’s name to Abraham. This is the location where Abraham received the promise of God for the chosen seed, Isaac.

Once the city gates have been destroyed, then the war horses can enter in to do battle against the strong enemy.

ENEMIES OF – AMBITION, COMPETITION, AND DIVISION

The vision illustrated the company depicted as “Samson’s” pulling up the gates of Gaza allowing the Lord to “ride” in on the backs of red war horses to do battle against our main enemies— ambition, competition, and division.

This is a prophetic portrayal of the ministry of Spirit led intercession waging war in the heavenlies against strongholds of the enemy keeping the Church from her promise.

Ambition is a spirit of strife and selfishness condemned by the apostle Paul in II Cor. 12:20— For I am afraid that perhaps when I come I may find you to be not what I wish and may be found by you to be not what you wish; that perhaps {there will be} strife, jealousy, angry tempers, disputes, slanders, gossip, arrogance, disturbances;

This type behavior is alien to the Spirit of Christ and inappropriate for Christian believers. Where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing…But the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace – James 3:16-18.

For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

The apostle Paul identified the spirit of competition and jealousy among the Corinthian believers and called it fleshly immaturity and destructive to growth in Christ – (I Cor. 3:3). He reminded them that no foundation is laid but that which is Christ Jesus and each man’s work should build upon that groundwork by the Holy Spirit. Fleshly thoughts and motives result only in division.

Division is simply defined as dissension or schisms and is normally the result of strife and selfish ambition. The Lord calls for agreement without divisions among us so that we can be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgement – (I Cor. 1:10).

The Lord is identifying our main enemies as ambition and division and He is going to anoint His leaders to pull down these strongholds, allowing the war horses to enter into the cities producing Psalm 133.

The Bible declares that where brethren dwell together in unity, there the Lord will command the blessings and it will be as the anointing oil poured upon Aaron’s head.

The Lord is saying that we must be slow to anger and maintain control of our spirit— Proverbs 16:32 and Proverbs 25:28. The Holy Spirit is also emphasizing that we must not join ourselves with anyone who does not have a bridled tongue. We will become accountable for the words that we speak and for those that we allow ourselves to receive from others.

CONFERENCE IN ALBANY, OR

Please join us in prayer for the important upcoming conference in Albany OR. We feel this is a strategic set of meetings and greatly appreciate you prayer for:

1. To See the Lord High and lifted up among the people during worship and the sharing of the Word.

2. That all enemy opposition be pushed back and nullified so the full release of His Spirit will be unimpeded in establishing His apostolic initiatives.

3. The Holy Spirit identified the spirit of “worldly wisdom” as a stronghold that must be overcome. Please pray for the release of His authority to break this resistance.

4. Please pray for a tangible release of Power to set the captive free and establish his word for that region.