Wanda and I are preparing this newsletter as we begin the final stages of preparation on the Shepherd’s Rod 2003. As anticipated, a clear word came during this important biblical season. We would greatly appreciate your continued prayer support in its preparation. It is our earnest hope and expectation to present a clear trumpet sound that will call the troops to battle formation and also awaken God’s people to their promised destiny and place of fruitfulness. All of this can only be accomplished with the Lord’s help and by His grace.
On the day of atonement there did not seem to be as much spiritual warfare in the impartation of the revelations as in times past. However, since the receiving of the revelations, there has been an escalation of the spiritual opposition attempting to withstand this word. We are confident the Lord will continue to release a canopy of grace.
One unique aspect of this year’s Shepherd’s Rod deals with the fact that many of God’s people have been in a ten-year season of grooming and separation. This was exemplified to Bob through a series of visions pointing to 1993 as a significant time of awakening and commitment. For the first time, we will be including in this year’s revelations a portion of the prophetic blueprint given in 1993.
We say this now so that many of you can began to examine the things that have taken place over the last ten-year season and also began to review some of the prophetic words that you may have received on a personal level. We believe they will be of particular significance for many.
A PORTION OF THE 1993 SHEPHERD’S ROD
THE YEAR OF CLEANING OUT
[NOTE FROM KEITH: We did not begin writing the Shepherd’s Rod’s until 1994. The previous revelations were simply depicted in outline form. We contemplated rewording portions of the revelation for the sake of clarity. However, we chose to leave the outline as originally written in order to protect the integrity of the insight. There are certain aspects of the 1993 Shepherd’s Rod that may not have pertinence to this day. However, there are definite highlighted areas that were imparted to many individuals at that time that are just now beginning to flourish. By receiving the “spirit” of the revelation we can glean understanding for this day. The “cleaning out” mentioned below has been an ongoing process within many saints for the past season of the spirit. The time of inheritance is upon us.]
Jacob “He will take by the heel.” We are not yet Spiritual Israel. We are Jacob and in this year of rest/peace we are to clean out the Barns (our heads) of all of the junk of the past. For after a year of rest/peace and the cleaning out of the junkyard of the mind the Lord will begin to teach us spiritual genetics. We are to clean out the junk of the generations so that the barn (mind) can be ready for the next harvest. The junk we were comfortable with in the past we must discard for the things of the future.
Junk was stored in the barn. There was stuff that was once new and useful but now it was broken down and didn’t work. These things were childish toys and we are to discard them and grow into maturity (Hebrews 6:1) (to grow up and become Israel “Prince with God”). For so great a cloud of witnesses (Hebrews 12:1) were watching and the angels are waiting to begin their work. The angels cannot bring the new grain to our barns (soul and mind) until we make room for it. They will fill it with seed-faith, rhema and words of knowledge. The words (seeds) will need to incubate and eventually be hatched. The grain deposited will be a great word of knowledge (and awesome invitation).
Jacob has labored for the last six years for Laban (white washed) and he has crossbred between the rods in order to strengthen the herds (sheep and cattle). We have gone from faith crossbreeding to faith and strength crossbreeding to strength. Jacob shall absolutely take hold of Esau’s heel and prevail and come forth. Division shall come in and between the church. The churches that crossbreed will be strengthened and the churches that inbreed will become week.
For we are called to spoil Laban as Jacob did and to spoil Egypt as Israel did. Spoil has a double meaning. Both Laban and Egypt were spoiled (with blessing) as long as Jacob and Israel remained in the land. Then they were spoiled (with ruin) when they left.
THE CARPENTER’S SQUARE (JESUS)[1993 Continued.]
The Lord is going to lay a carpenter’s square on our being. This right angle square will be placed on our flesh (carnal nature) and our spirit. It will square us up to II Corinthians 7:1:
That which did not measure up will be cut away and even the roots of those things which are cut away will be destroyed.
This will be a circumcision of the flesh (carnal nature) and spirit. The cutting away will bring tenderness (Galatians 5:23) and will be grace for us to be tender toward the Lord. Tenderness is a testimony to the New Testament circumcision which means being sensitive to the Holy Spirit (Romans 4:11, Colossians 2:11 and I Thessalonians 5:23). The circumcision knife is a special surgical utensil. He will cut away confusion, ambition and the like (James 3:14-16). He will cut away with line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little, there a little, until we measure up to the purpose of His will. He will cut away until that which is of the Holy Spirit will remain. When this is done, men will be thankful!
This carpenter’s square will be used to build. To square up lumber (saints) so they can be joined and become a common building (common union, communion). They will fit naturally together. This will be done in the year of rest.
Isaiah 55:10. The carpenters will nail it down. The church will conceive the will of God and a youth movement will begin. The foundation will be laid for the new grade school.
—END OF 1993 NOTES—
[NOTE FROM PKD: this is where we believe the Holy Spirit is placing us now. The cleansing and preparation process has been taking place with a company of people over the last ten year season. Many of these will now began to emerge to construct a spiritual dwelling place for the Lord. That is the revelation that came with the 2003 Shepherd’s Rod. To fully understand the present release of the spirit we need to also examine what has been taking place since 1993.]
THE PASSING OF A FRIEND
We were saddened with the news of the sudden passing of our friend and brother, Steve Kenney. Steve quickly became a good friend to Wanda and me over the last few years. He was the pastor of a church in Kodiak, AK. Please stand in prayer for his wife Nancy and his two daughters, Nicole and Hannah.
I noticed over the last year that Steve’s revelations and insight seemed to escalate to a much deeper and rich dimension. On the day of Atonement the Lord spoke clearly and profoundly that this brother obtained the testimony as the Lord’s friend. That is no small distinction. To be considered a friend to the Lord Jesus would be one of the greatest privileges granted to man. He once expressed to His disciples that they were no longer servants but now “friends.” We are proud of Steve…although only 38 years of age, he obtained the testimony as a friend of God.
Friendship with God is a designation depicting intimacy and trustworthiness. I would much rather be remembered as a “friend” of God than a great orator or distinguished minister with a large following. I believe there is an unprecedented open door of opportunity for us in this day to know and walk with Him as “friends.”
I certainly cannot say that I understand the full significance of Steve going home at such an early age. However, the Lord has begun to speak profoundly in relationship to his passing through the book of Hebrews. Particularly Hebrews 11.39-40 and Hebrews 12.1-2.
And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised, because God had provided something better for us,
so that apart from us they would not be made perfect.
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily
entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Heb 11:39-12:2)
I believe we in the Church are going to began to receive a much fuller understanding of the significance of the cloud of witnesses and their function depicted in this important passage.
THE CLOUD OF WITNESSES
The Apostle Paul emphasized that we are “surrounded” by a great cloud of witnesses who have borne testimony to the Truth. This company of distinguished Saints discovered divine approval although not fully realizing the promise. The Scriptures point out that they should not come to perfection apart from us. We are presently living in the dawning of a new day that will introduce a much broader comprehension of key passages related to our end time mandate.
This is also true as we discover greater dimensions of understanding of the spiritual realm in which we are seated. We are both natural and spiritual beings and function in a duel capacity. The more spiritually minded we become the greater our apprehension will be of that domain and its attributes. As we move on to maturity we will begin to discover a greater awareness of the economy of Heaven and the wonderful mysteries of that realm. That is part of our promise from Jeremiah 33.3 and Rev. 4.1.
MORE UNDERSTANDING OF THE SPIRITUAL REALM
With the Lord’s help and by His grace, we are hoping to began a series of articles touching on this important realm. It is expressed in 1 Corinthians 2 that eye has not seen and ears have not heard nor has it been contemplated in the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who are a part of His inheritance. Nonetheless, the Scriptures promise that these dimensions are REVEALED and unveiled by His Holy Spirit. These are the deep mysteries and depths of God that can only be expressed through divine counsel of the hidden things beyond our natural understanding.
It has been our pleasure to establish relationship with a brother who has been gifted with incredible understanding of this spiritual economy involving light, sound and color. He is also one of those who has been set apart for the past ten-year season enduring many trials and hardships in the preparation of his character for this important hour. I simply say this as an introductory comment and ask for your continued prayers for the wisdom and insight to present these Truths in an edifying manner and to the Glory of the Father.
AGREEMENT WITH HEAVEN
Last week during a conference I asked the Lord why it is now important for us to have greater insight into heavenly light, sound and color as observed by the disciple John in his revelations. The answer came during worship in a clear and distinct manner. It is so that we can be more in agreement with Heaven. The greater our comprehension of that realm the more in agreement we will be with the things of the Spirit.
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.
These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places (Eph 1:17-20)
When the eyes of our heart are flooded with light, we begin to comprehend and understand the hope to which He has called us. We perceive with greater clarity the glorious inheritance and the immeasurable and surpassing greatness of His power toward those who believe. This we will do as we become more conscience of the Heavenly places in which the saints of God reside as we are seated with Christ. Our spiritual senses become more acclimated with that domain and the hearts desire of the Father of Lights.
THE THRONES OF OUR SOUL
We are also pleased to announce that the book the Lord commissioned us to write is now complete and available. We sincerely pray the Lord will use it to open fresh dimensions of His Presence and power to the hungry and desperate believer. He promised to satisfy those who hunger and thirst for righteousness and intimacy with Him. As important as winning the lost and healing the sick clearly is, there is an even greater mandate being imparted to this generation. That is to know Him as intimately and personally as He may be known and live in that place of fellowship. How can we fully be His representation on the earth if we are not intimately acquainted with Him and His heart for our generation.
That is the secret that catapulted many of the pioneers of the faith into a rich and intimate walk of revelation and power. Distinguished Saints such as John G. Lake, Maria Woodworth-Etter, A. W. Tozer and many others knew this reality and became a genuine representation of the Lord for their generation. That is our high calling.