Maid of Orleans
By Paul Keith Davis
Few women in history are as intriguing as Jeanne D’Arc, the French peasant girl born in 1412, who heard and obeyed heaven. To some she was a saint, to others a heretic, but history chronicles her as emerging from obscurity to become her nation’s youngest military leader. In 15 months she changed the course of European history. Her eventual martyrdom was Satan’s attempt to destroy her divine gift, but that same impartation can be inherited by today’s “Joan of Arcs” through God’s divine justice.
A Supernatural Voice
For her, the unlikely destiny began one summer afternoon at the age of 13. On that fateful day she saw a brilliant light and heard the audible voice of the Archangel Michael, leader of God’s armies.
Michael addressed her as “Joan the Maid” with the added admonition to live a pure and virtuous life. He announced her destiny as a God appointed deliverer to lead the army of France. Joan reported “I recognized that it was the voice of an angel. This voice has always guarded me well and I have always understood it; it instructed me to be good and to go to church often.”
To Joan, the voices of God’s spiritual messengers could be distinguished in the same fashion as one person communicates with another. She received audible expressions from the spiritual realm that charged her with the formidable task of uniting a fragmented army and altering the fate and leadership of her nation.
A Deliverer is Born
The extreme hardship of one hundred years of war with England preceded the appearance of Joan. The English occupied considerable portions of France with plans of further expansion until the prophetess shifted the momentum to the French.
The messengers of Heaven conveyed to her a twofold commission: first, to lead an army against the English in defense of Orleans, a crucial and strategic city for the French; and secondly, to restore the throne to its rightful heir, the Dauphin of France, a term used to identify the heir apparent who later became Charles VII. France had not had a crowned king since the death of Charles VI in 1422. Instead, the French crown had passed to the infant king Henry VI of England through a treaty signed by Charles VI.
This twofold mandate was an unthinkable task for an illiterate teenager living in the 15th century. Even so, the messengers from Heaven gave explicit directions. Joan possessed the uncanny willingness to risk life and limb in obedience to their instructions. She relinquished herself totally to the cause of Heaven that launched her into this supernatural arena.
The Mandate Established
To share this vision with the Dauphin of France, Joan journeyed over 300 miles through enemy territory for her first encounter with Charles VII. Charles actually staged a test to determine the authenticity her revelations.
When Joan entered the huge meeting hall filled with over 300 guests the Dauphin was not seated on his throne. Instead, he was dressed as a commoner and had mingled with the crowd. Led by her supernatural Council, Joan walked directly to Charles and addressed him as the imminent leader of France. Moreover, she also divulged divine insight involving his life known only to he and God. This validated for the eventual king that Joan of Arc was no ordinary maiden.
Subsequently, Charles and his councilmen embraced her vision and allowed her to lead 4000 troops in support of the besieged city of Orleans on April 29, 1429. The victory was swift and sure!
After capturing smaller forts that bordered Orleans, Joan surrounded the occupied city and led the assault against the English. As she had earlier predicted, Joan was gravely wounded in the conflict. Nevertheless, by the end of the day she returned to the battle. The mere sight of their courageous leader rallied the French army who promptly routed the remaining English forces. So moved were these hardened soldiers by Joan’s anointing and heroism that they “gave up swearing and prostitutes and committed themselves to a virtuous life.”
Joan insisted the men under her charge conduct themselves in a manner becoming professional soldiers. She allowed no swearing or lewd behavior and expected commendable character. The men willingly followed her leadership and affectionately bestowed on her the title “maid of Orleans.”
In subsequent weeks, several other French cities enduring English occupation were liberated by Joan and her army. So convincing were the early victories that in one confrontation only three French soldiers perished compared to over 2000 English casualties.
After accepting the surrender of Troyes, Joan persuaded Charles to return to Rheims for his royal coronation. In fulfillment of Joan’s directive given by the Lord through Heavenly messengers, CharlesVII was officially recognized as monarch of France.
Her Betrayal and Death
Despite her conquests, betrayal from French leaders led to Joan’s capture; this too according to her own predictions. In embarrassment, English rulers determined to prove her success resulted from witchcraft and sorcery. They added to her charges heresy—the act of challenging the authority of the Church. The representatives of the Church who tried her believed God spoke only to priests. It flew is the face of their belief system for God to communicate directly with individuals.
For nearly five months Joan of Arc was imprisoned, not in a facility for women but with English soldiers. Nevertheless, strengthened by the Lord and His Heavenly messengers, she remained steadfast throughout the ordeal.
To validate the charge of heresy, the English employed clergyman and theologians who strenuously examined Joan with the malice intent of discrediting her testimony. Remarkably, her wise and skillful answers alleviated their entrapping questions. According to Joan, Heavenly messengers regularly brought to her God’s perfect council.
Ultimately, the tainted court rendered a guilty verdict and condemned Joan to be burned at the stake. At 9 a.m. on May 30, 1431, the 19 year old messenger of God was wrongfully executed. As the flames began to consume her body, a cross held before her eyes was Joan’s sole request. Her final word was the name Jesus.
Five hundred years after being burned at the stake for heresy, Joan of Arc is declared a saint and revered by the country she saved.
A Call for Justice
The loving eyes of our Heavenly Judge sees and records every action of humanity. In this end-time generation the books of Heaven will be opened and restitution offered for injustices committed against God’s covenant people.
As with Joan of Arc, Satan has battled the saints of God for millennia and seemingly prevailed. Nevertheless, God, as the Righteous Judge, will render a final verdict on behalf of the saints. Daniel recorded:
I kept looking, and that horn was waging war with the saints and overpowering them until the Ancient of Days came and judgment was passed in favor of the saints of the Highest One, and the time arrived when the saints took possession of the kingdom. -Daniel 7:21-22
Divine justice, released in this age, will be a key to empower God’s people. Joan of Arc’s life was a prophetic model. There will be many who follow her standard with faithful and obedient hearts and commissioned in awesome ways. Every seemingly lost commission, anointing, and spiritual gift will be redeemed and released to willing candidates.
For thousands of years God’s children have been martyred, persecuted, and plundered, but Heavenly justice will decree that all be fully restored and compensated.
All things take place under the all-seeing eye of God, and He has promised to restore all that our adversary has ruined. Clearly Joan and others like her received a martyr’s reward in eternity. Moreover, they sowed spiritual seeds that will reap the most outstanding deposit of divine grace never before demonstrated.
I Will Restore
The Joel 2:25 promise of restoration is one of the paramount passages of this day. God pledges:
I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, The crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you. -Joel 2:25
Joan of Arc was God’s appointed representative during a crucial juncture in human history. Abuse of authority from corrupt political officials eradicated the Heavenly deposit entrusted to her. God’s just nature will mandate a manifold restoration of this and other lost anointing through faithful and obedient vessels prepared to apprehend and demonstrate this destiny and the Lord’s redemptive virtues.
The Season We Are In
By Shawn Bolz
Many people consider the weekend of October 31 a dark time for the Christian community because of its association with Halloween…a time where witch craft rules supreme. The reality though, is that God has used October 31 over and over to be a day of historic visitation of revival.
This year on October 31 we celebrated the 100 year anniversary of the awesome revival that hit the whole country of Wales. It was also the 100 year revival of the outbreak of Azusa street and the birthing of the charismatic move as we know it today. Martin Luther also posted his thesis on the church door in Whittenburg which changed all of Christianity and the world as we know it.
We again are in a historic time and because of that Bob Jones got clear direction from an angel that we were to host a conference in Kansas City to gather people together to bring a perspective of Kingdom reality with Jesus being the central focus. When he told us back in April of 2004 that WhiteDove was supposed to host these meetings we felt like Kansas City was one of the strangest locations for us to host a conference with Bob Jones and the others that were part of the conference crew because we knew people would have an agenda like no where else for our conference team. We decided to stay completely focused with the agenda of heaven though, and I am glad that we did.
Sometimes history is made in unlikely ways. Like with Even Roberts and his group that consisted of just under 20 people meeting on October 31, 1904 who were praying for a visitation from Heaven on behalf of a nation. The Welsh revival didn’t start spreading until November 7th, but it started with a few who would gather crying out for personal and corporate change.
I am not claiming that our conference was the answer for world revival. It was just one more place of agreeing with the agenda’s of heaven. We had to steer many times away from human agenda that would have caused whole meetings to turn into celebrations of the past which would have caused us to lose the focus on the current.
Some of the more exciting moments of the conference were things like Bob Jones prophesying with absolute authority over our nation including telling the crowd that President Bush would win again because he had an unfulfilled commission still to accomplish. He even mentioned that Bush would win Ohio and the conference crowd was so built in their faith realm. He also admonished us to pray for Bush more after the election then before.
Even before the conference there were signs in the heavens with a lunar eclipse that our local newspaper called “A once in a lifetime viewing opportunity of the heavens.” We knew this was a prophetic statement for us.
Bobby Conner told our conference team that there would be such a wind moving in the room because of the Kingdom power being released that it would move in the atmosphere around Kansas City. His exact words were “I wouldn’t be surprised if there were tornados during the conference because of what God stirred up here.” And you know what? There was! Two tornados as reported by Fox news landed south of the city on Friday, October 29th. They destroyed only a few fences in a field, but also toppled over a church steeple. This was not a coincidence. It is very rare to have tornados this time of year in our region, and what the tornados toppled over is a prophetic parable.
Bob also asked the crowd to stand if they were feeling the winds on specific fingers on their hands; I believe almost 90% of the room had an experience with the Holy Spirit at this point. God began to again reveal personal destiny to people and give them hope.
I also had a powerful revelation from heaven that I will write in our newsletter next month that has changed my focus into an even higher place on Jesus. With each true revelation given, it is birthed with a desire to be consecrated for the purpose of the vision. Many people came into such a fear of the Lord and a true zeal for His purpose because they were truly being envisioned.
Lastly the creative arts played a dynamic role in the conference. It was the first time I have been in an event that I felt the new artistic renaissance that was prophesied by Bob. The dancers, musicians, lighting technicians, and sound team all carried their roles in a spiritual way working together in a unity that was incredible. It was an essential part of the conference. What many people do not know is that WhiteDove got their dance and worship team together shortly before this event and everything that was released was new to us as well. We have many years of building to do in these areas to bring them into the place we feel God is going to call us to carry but we also love the journey of our youth.
I believe what was released in the conference is a small token, but a very real one. One of the prophetic songs that JoAnn McFatter wrote was “Enoch walked and heaven talked, his eyes did see the mysteries of Heaven. He was just a token, for a generation (who would walk at) a time at the end of the timeline.”
Tokens are being released into many tribes and tongues and nations for the glory of the Kingdom as a preparation for the bodies hope and faith. In conclusion there are two types of events and conference in the body of Christ that are both valid. One are teaching events where many well know people gather and teach at various sessions to give the impartation of what they have. Then there are events like this one where it literally builds something in the atmosphere of the place and is not about one speaker’s message over another but each session building the mandate of heaven. May God bring more conferences and events that are building events!
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