Tuesday, March 31, 2009

God Has Great Plans!

Rob Hotchkin:
"God Has Great Plans for Thailand - And YOU Can Be a Part Of Them!"

Thailand is a beautiful nation, filled with wonderful people. But there are sections of the city of Pattaya that are darker than any place you can find. Much of this city is given over to the international sex trade. Women, men, boys and girls are trafficked in the bars, hotels, streets and alleys, and along the beach. During our missions school, we train and equip Believers to go out and be light in the darkness—sharing the extreme love of Jesus Christ and watch His love, that has washed away the sins of the world, manifest through them, touching people in profound and powerful ways!

Many are crying out for revival in this hour. "Revival" is simply a way of saying, "We long to see death defeated in all its manifestations and the abundant life that Christ died to give us be made tangible everywhere we go."

Downtown Pattaya
(photo courtesy Rob Hotchkin)

I was recently over in Pattaya, Thailand, as part of Extreme Prophetic's "Operation Extreme Love–Thailand" missions school. This was our second time leading teams from around the world out on the streets there. We saw great darkness, but even more, we saw God arise through the school's participants in notable and remarkable ways that pierced the darkness and drew many to the Lord. Every day we saw many saved, healed and delivered. Everywhere we went we saw miracles and heard one amazing story after another of God's power working through everyday Believers like you and me.

I think my favorite moment of the school was when a participant from Canada chased me down in the streets one night declaring, "Wow! This stuff REALLY works!" "This stuff," that he was talking about, was the Gospel! This gentleman had never seen a miracle before and was excited because his outreach team had just seen God invade a bar full of prostitutes and sex tourists being saved, healed and delivered. He not only got to see a miracle, he got to work them. He will never be the same. Praise God!

Lazarus—All Things Are Possible!

I want to share a revelation the Lord recently gave us about Pattaya, Thailand, and the work He plans on doing there through Believers like you and me—to draw a people and a city out from the grip of death and darkness into His glorious light and life! I have read the story of Lazarus in John 11 many times over the years; it is a favorite. But what God highlighted this time was when Jesus stood before the tomb, about to work the amazing miracle of bringing Lazarus forth from the dead, Martha's only thought is that the smell will be horrible because Lazarus has been dead for so long (four days) and the rotting flesh will stink something awful.

Martha and so many others there around the tomb were focused on how things are and how long they have been that way. They are thinking of the flesh and the ways of the flesh and the stink of the flesh. They are afraid that even the Lord Himself can be of no real impact in a situation this far gone. They are leaning on their own understanding (to them four days dead means really stinking, hopelessly dead!), and they see the situation with Lazarus as a lost cause. Their only real thoughts of the Lord are wondering why He did not prevent this from happening in the first place (John 11:21- 11:32).

But Jesus stands before the tomb, eyes on the Father, knowing ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE. Jesus even allowed Lazarus to pass away (John 11:14-15) so that the people could be stretched to new levels of faith and hope in the Lord, greater understanding of God's love and power, and a revelation that TRULY—all things are possible when we believe.

Martha and the mourners see a lost cause where God has seemingly failed to move. Jesus sees a way for God to be mightily glorified. He declares to everyone, "Did I not tell you that you would see the glory of God if you believe?" And then He speaks and Lazarus comes forth—ALIVE—without even a whiff of the stink of death on him! The Lord then instructs those who had been there to remove every shred and remnant of the grave clothes from Lazarus (John 11:44).

In this revelation, I believe that the Lord is reminding those of us who are believing for transforming works in places like Pattaya, Thailand, that we WILL see the glory of God if we believe—No Matter What! There are those who would say Pattaya is too far gone, too dark, too given over to perversion, too stinking with "the rot of the flesh." But it matters not how dark things are, or how stinking and filthy. Nor does it matter how long they have been that way. All that matters is whether or not—we believe!

I believe that Jesus stands in Pattaya and reminds us that we will see the glory of God if we believe. I believe Jesus stands in Pattaya and reminds us that if we refuse to be intimidated by how given over to sin it is, with the putrefying of the flesh, and refuse to be daunted by how long it has been that way, we will see the glory of God arise there!

Jesus promised that Lazarus' sickness would not END in death (John 11:4). To the natural mind and eye it looked like it had (Lazarus was four days dead in the tomb), but to the Kingdom mind and the believing eye, it was not over yet. Jesus never said that Lazarus would not die; He said that it would not END in death.

Can we look past how things are in Pattaya, Thailand? Can we look past how long they have been that way? Can we look to Jesus and believe that Pattaya's sickness of perversion and greed will not END in death, but that the Son of God will receive glory from this situation? (John 11:4).

I stand in faith that:

  • We will see the glory of God in Pattaya, Thailand!
  • We will see an abundance of life in Pattaya, Thailand!
  • We will go and remove even the tatters of death from her as she emerges from the tomb she has been rotting in!

And I ask you to stand in faith with me! Let's remember that ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE IF WE BELIEVE!

Glory of God—Come Forth in Pattaya!

We have another Operation Extreme Love–Thailand missions school trip coming up May 10-16, 2009. I am excited to see all that the Lord will do during this time. All the more because of the promise He spoke to us through this revelation from the story of Lazarus in John 11. These next few weeks before our missions school converges again in Pattaya, let's believe with a renewed focus and passion that Jesus is well able to save an entire city—calling it forth from decades of rotting flesh into glorious life—through Believers like you and me!

Pattaya has been set free from the law of sin and death by the finished work of the Cross (Romans 8:2). Let's stand with Jesus and cry out: "Pattaya, come forth!" Let's call this city out from its tomb of perversion and corruption! Let's believe and declare that the law of the Spirit of Life truly rules there, because Jesus IS Lord of all creation and all the earth (Psalm 24:1). Let's do the works that Jesus did as He calls us to do (John 14:12), let's stand and speak to our Father as He did (John 1:41-42), declaring God's faithfulness, and call forth Pattaya into LIFE and GLORY!

Rob Hotchkin in Thai village
(photo courtesy Rob Hotchkin)

Glory of God—Come forth in Pattaya, Thailand! Pattaya, ARISE and SHINE! Your Light has come! And the Glory of God will be seen upon you! Come forth into LIFE and LIGHT and PURITY in the mighty name of Jesus Christ!

Thank you all for laying hold of this and praying into it on behalf of the nation of Thailand, the city of Pattaya, and Operation Extreme Love—Thailand. Bless you all. I am so grateful to be part of a company of THOSE WHO BELIEVE!

If you would like to find out more about Extreme Prophetic's upcoming Operation Extreme Love—Thailand this May 10-16, 2009, or would like to see a video from Patricia King sharing about this mission and outreach school, just click here.

Rob Hotchkin
Extreme Prophetic

Email: rob@xpmedia.com

About Rob Hotchkin: Rob ministers with Patricia King and Extreme Prophetic. He fervently believes every Christian is a miracle-working explosion of the Kingdom waiting to happen. His preaching, teaching, and ministry inspires Believers to grab hold of their restored relationship with the Father through the finished work of the Cross and walk the earth as Jesus did—destroying every work of darkness everywhere they go! Rob is a passionate lover of Jesus Christ and that passion is truly contagious! He ministers with strong faith, releasing revelation, prophetic decrees, healings, miracles, and the love of God. He is a true carrier of the glory and revival. People have been healed, refreshed, set free, and empowered through his life. He believes for Heaven to impact lives and regions everywhere he goes.

Julie A. Smith:
"A Word for Thailand: Let There Be Love, Let There Be Light, Let There Be Hope in the Darkest Night"

As Steve Shultz and I were praying over the phone last week, he had a vision of Pattaya, Thailand. Steve saw women and children in the streets giving themselves away to make a living. Then he saw Jesus walking the streets of Pattaya. When Steve was sharing this he started crying because he saw Jesus crying as He walked in the midst of the women and children. Then He heard Jesus say, "Where are My people?" At that point, we both lost it.

Pattaya, Thailand is known as the "sex capital industry of the world." It has become a popular vacation destination for many foreigners and tourists, not only because of its oceanic beauty, but because of the prostitution industry. Women and children prostitute themselves on the busy streets and bars in downtown Pattaya. I saw this firsthand when I was there last spring walking the streets.

Downtown Pattaya
(photo courtesy Rob Hotchkin)

I saw the most beautiful women selling themselves in bars and some of them brought their children too because they had nowhere else to take them. The uttermost atrocity is when these very children are prostituted as well—to help provide for their families. I saw it all in front of me. It's hard for me to even write this without breaking down in tears. In my first week in Thailand last spring, I was nauseous and sick to my stomach and couldn't keep anything down. I think this is how Jesus feels as He walks the dark streets of Pattaya.

The U.S. Department of State posts this health warning for Thailand: "Thailand has been experiencing an epidemic of HIV infection and AIDS. Heterosexual transmission accounts for most HIV infections, and HIV is common among prostitutes of both sexes…"

"Let There Be Love, Let There be Light, Let There Be Hope in the Darkness Night"

These words have been playing over and over in me, especially in the past few weeks. I pray them. I sing them. I declare those words over Thailand daily. Those words came from my sister, from a song she heard, before I went to Thailand last spring. As she heard them, she knew those words were for Thailand. I believe this is a now word over Thailand and we will start to see the manifestation of those words begin to happen.

Just in the past week alone, God has brought Thailand to my heart on a level I've never experienced before—about any place or region. In fact, in the past week I've felt overtaken with the presence of God every time I pray for Thailand. There are times my entire being shakes and vibrates when I pray for Thailand. There are times it feels like electricity is running through me. Everything in me KNOWS that God is going to move mightily in Thailand now! For years, God has spoken to me about Thailand and has given me many visions and dreams of what will take place there as the "Kingdom of Thailand" is overtaken by the "Kingdom of Heaven."

A couple days ago when I felt a strong presence of the Lord overtake me, He said, "Everything I've told you is going to happen." All I could say was, "Yes, Lord, I believe!" Rob Hotchkin shared in his word, "TRULY—all things are possible when we believe." I believe that it's the hour for the Kingdom of Thailand to be overtaken by the Kingdom of Heaven. I believe that the darkest place of perversion is destined to become one of the greatest places of God's light. I believe one of the worst places of dishonor is destined to become one of the greatest places of honor. I believe there will be love, there will be light, and there will be hope in the darkest night of Thailand.

My sister who heard those words over Thailand is a food scientist and director of a food company here in the Northwest. A few years ago I told her that she was destined to go back to Thailand and would start a business there. God began imparting a deep desire in her to go back to Thailand and be a part of what He wants to do. Since then, her company has been working with other food companies in Thailand, and she has been back there a couple of times for business.

In January, the Lord started speaking to both of us about Thailand, telling us that He was going to send us back there together this time. In February, His words started taking shape around us. My sister found out that a food processing factory had gone bankrupt and was closing down—just east of Pattaya, Thailand. Her company was able to purchase this food processing factory as well as an import/export business, and they are sending her there to help start up and manage the factory.

My sister and I will be there in May, in Pattaya, which happens to be at the same time Rob Hotchkin and Extreme Prophetic's "Operation Extreme Love–Thailand" will be there.

Could it be that God wants to do something significant in Pattaya at this time?

Could it be that God wants to shift the city known as the "sex-capital industry of the world"?

Could it be that God wants to plant a foundation of light in that dark ground—as a catalyst for what He's going to do?

I believe the month of May to be a significant month for Pattaya and for Thailand!

God is Redeeming Thailand

The most powerful tools we have are our testimonies. Giving our testimonies is part of sharing the "Good News" and God's "goodness" in our lives. Such is the story of my Thai family and heritage. I'm sharing just a condensed piece of my family's testimony as a preface of the goodness of God, His redemption, and a piece of His plans of restoration over Thailand.

My mother is from Thailand and had a very hard life and childhood there. She is from Northeast Thailand—from the Isan Region, which is considered to be Thailand's "poorest region." Her parents were rice farmers there and had many children. Both of her parents died of pneumonia when she was a young girl and her oldest sister gave her to a Chinese businessman, and she became one of his wives. She had five children with this man, and then he passed away shortly after their fifth child was born. My mom was left with five children to feed and little assistance. She had other family members help take care of them, and she went to work in a massage/bath house to earn a living.

It was in this massage/bath house that she met my father, an American G.I. stationed in the U.S. Air Force. They fell in love and my sister and I were born in the Isan Region within a couple years of each other. My mom, sister and I came back to the states when I was just an infant, and my father brought four of my mom's first children back to the states too, except her oldest son who was already an adult and wanted to stay in Thailand.

Last spring I returned to Thailand for the first time since I was born there. God told me this was a time of "returning to my roots" and to "discover the fullness of who I am." Before I returned to Thailand, God told me He was going to unlock chambers in my heart that I didn't know existed. When I arrived there, my heart awakened to embrace a culture about myself I didn't know existed. I realized that I only knew half of myself and there was another half of me to discover. A full redemption of who I am started to take place.

I met my oldest brother (my mom's oldest son) for the first time, as well as his wife and their children. I also visited the town I was born in and found the actual location where I was born. I was able to connect with some ministries in the Isan Region as well as in Pattaya, and made some beautiful new friends. I instantly fell in love with the people in Thailand.

My last week in Thailand, the Lord said that He wanted me to walk the streets of Pattaya. As we drove into town, it started raining. I got out of the car and walked through the downtown streets. I saw those beautiful women giving themselves away, I saw the men who were eager to receive their service, and I saw the children!

As I was walking in the rain the Lord says, "Bless the atmosphere with My presence. Pray My blessing over the atmosphere." I start praying, "I bless Pattaya in the name of Jesus Christ; I bless Pattaya with Your presence, Lord." I keep repeating this prayer as I walk up and down the streets in the rain, and then it starts raining harder. As I walk down several streets, I am soaking wet and I see a vision appear in front of me. I see my mother's face flash in front of me, then I see the words, "Redeemed" in neon lights above her face. Redeem means "to restore the honor, worth, or reputation."

God is redeeming Thailand—it starts with one person and one family at a time.

Little girl in Thai village
(photo courtesy Rob Hotchkin)

While in Pattaya, I found out that many of the women there come from the Isan Region, the poorest region of Thailand, where my family is from. Many families, during the off and dry season of farming, send their daughters to Pattaya to work in the streets—to earn money to send back to their families.

As I said, my sister is a food scientist. She comes up with new ways to produce and extract ingredients; she creates new formulas. It's one of her dreams to help the farmers in Thailand to produce new product in the ground and sustain them during their off seasons and be self-sufficient, so their daughters can stay home and not be sent to Pattaya. We know this is just the beginning of what God wants to do in Thailand—and He is laying a foundation for it.

As Steve Shultz saw Jesus walking the streets of Pattaya, saying, "Where are My People?" be praying for the laborers there now and for the laborers going to lay a new foundation in May, and for many more to come. May is a key month for Pattaya.

A prayer over Pattaya: We say to you, Pattaya, your redemption draws near. We call forth God's perfect plan of redemption over every child, woman and man working in the streets of Pattaya. We call forth God's cleansing rain, to wash away the sin of the city and the streets. We say your destiny is being shifted—out of the hands of the enemy and into the hands of God. We declare over you, Pattaya—Let there be Love, let there be Light, let there be Hope in the darkest night!

Julie A. Smith, Editor
The ElijahList and ElijahRain Magazine

Email: info@elijahlist.net

About Julie A. Smith: Julie is the editor of the ElijahList, an editor of ElijahRain Magazine, and fills in for Breaking Christian News. She has over 15 years of business management experience, including five years of publishing experience as a newspaper, magazine and book editor and journalist. Julie is passionate about writing from the heart of God and longs to share His supernatural ways, so that we may simply know Him.

God has placed a passion in her for the country of Thailand, where she is from and where she was born. Thailand's official name is "the Kingdom of Thailand." Her prayer and passionate desire is for the Kingdom of Thailand to know the Kingdom of God. Julie resides with her family in Salem, Oregon and is on the healing and prophetic ministry teams at Life Church.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Kingdom of God


For nearly two thousand years the church has been praying the Lords prayer. Have we really been expecting an answer? “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done On earth as it is in heaven”

Every time we allow the kingdom to be birthed in our hearts we extend the kingdom on earth. Every praise the Lord, every expression of the kingdom extends the kingdom of God and releases heaven on earth. There is no sickness, suffering or sorrow in heaven and the atmosphere is glory, so every time we release the expression of the Lords prayer we release the fruit into this realm.

The religious want outward works they always have, but the Lord wants abandoned expression or a lifestyle of abandoned worship that brings transformation to the inner man. Because when the inner man is changed the outer man just reflects it. The Kingdom of God is established one soul at a time. When we express the transformation in our heart we rip the enemies’ kingdom to pieces.

And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. Matthew 11:12

When sand is poured into an empty truck it displaces the air and takes over the void, it becomes the ruler of that space. When the glory of the kingdom of God is released into a heart it replaces another kingdom, it might seem invisible to others around because they can’t see into your heart. Never the less it has extended the Kingdom of God and divided the kingdom of self or the kingdom of satan.

“And when He was demanded of the Pharisees when the kingdom of God should come, He answered them and said, "The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! Or, lo there! For, behold, the kingdom of God is within you." Luke 17: 20-21

The Kingdom is all about the King

To reflect on Jesus; His love or His blessings, his life’ His passion for my soul’ His beauty, His glory, His awesome creative power, his grace, his sacrifice, His death, His resurrection power, His wisdom, His counsel, His majesty, His might, His knowledge and the list goes on and on. To reflect on Jesus is to see the glory of God and to see the glory of God is to see a release of the kingdom.

Moses went into a heavenly visitation in Exodus 24 when he went up the mountain with Aaron, Nadab, Ahihu, Joshua and the seventy elders of Israel. Now all these saw the God of Israel with His feet on stones of sapphire (verse10)And they all fellowshipped with him (v11) but only Moses and Joshua (v13) went into the vision for six days and on the seventh day Moses went right into the glory realm and was there for forty days & nights. When Moses came out of the presence of glory his face reflected it (Exodus 34:29-35) and from that time any time Moses went into the presence of God his face glowed and he wore a veil.

Moses was in a heavenly visitation, and he breathed in the atmosphere of heaven he partook of its glory and it transformed his heart and life on the inside. But the transformation on the inside was reflected on the outside. You can’t have an encounter with the Holy one of Israel without it impacting Kingdoms.

Moses was obedient to step into the glory realm, he never held back from allowing his heart to be abandoned to the desires of his God. The Lord is calling his saints alive now to enter also into the realms of glory, because in doing so the eternal prayer “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” is being answered.

To hold back from such a call is like the remainder of the children of Israel who stayed at the base of the mountain (Exodus 32) because their focus was not on the glory, but on themselves and their immediate surroundings they fell into Idolatry, even Aaron who had seen the Lord walking on streets of Sapphire was part of this corruption. The opposite of transformation is conformation so Aaron conformed to what was happening around him rather than being transformed like Moses in the Glory.

A religious mindset refuses to be changed by the glory and will not let the kingdom be formed in them. Aaron gave the instruction to bring all the gold earrings because his religious mindset wanted to form God in a tangible form. The strange thing is that he had seen the Lord walking on streets of sapphire, yet his religious mindset wanted to turn that into a golden calf. Many have seen revival but the revival is not formed in them, rather an image that looks like a golden calf is released and the kingdom of God is not formed.

Revival sees the Lord walking on streets of sapphire and goes up the mountain To worship, abandon ourselves and fellowship with the Lord.

Religion sees the Lord walking on streets of sapphire and makes an idol. Lifts up a program or a leader or church and puts all our affections and energy into maintaining that idol.

The people ignored the signs and wonders happening up on the mountain, there were flashes of lightning, clouds of thick glory, the sound of trumpet blasts streets of sapphire, The Lord came and the 70 ate and drank in the glory. The religious mindset ignored it and created an idol. Joshua & Moses went on up into the glory.

If we come to the mountain with an agenda it won’t work, the kingdom won’t be extended but an idol will be fashioned. If we come to the mountain abandoned and not really knowing what happens next then glory is released and the kingdom brings transformation in our heart.

The Kingdom brings a rest and an ease.

To get into the glory on the mountain it took warfare and strength but once in the glory there was a rest. Because the glory is the realm of God and there is no war in God’s presence only worship. There is a place in the glory where the Lord covers us with his wings and fights our battles. When we rest in this place the kingdom is formed because we have allowed our own desires to be crucified with Christ.

There was a time when I used to lay hands on everyone and by faith see amazing things happen, but the Lord wants me to lead others into the place of rest because in that place miracles happen. Because in the glory where He dwells there is no sickness, suffering or sorrow and the kingdom of self and the kingdom of satan is defeated in our rest.

The 2000 year old prayer “As it is in heaven, so shall it be on earth” Is being answered right now as God’s kids learn to walk into the realm where the sapphire streets are. Then it is walked out on earth. The problem we face is that those who won’t go up the mountain will oppose you. You won’t change things over night and so there is still a war going on around us, but for you if you have learnt to go up the mountain, then you can retreat back under His wings and come back into rest.

The Kingdom brings intercession for our peers.

Moses had to intercede on behalf of the people because God had in mind to destroy them all and start again with Moses. But Moses reminded the Lord of His promise to Abraham Isaac & Jacob. Moses had been in the glory and he did not live in pride, instead he called down the favour of God on all his countrymen. Here is another key to extending the kingdom, what you see in the glory release in this realm. The things that are coming into the earth right now out of the glory realm where the sapphire streets are will remain unshaken; but that which is born at the base of the mountain will be shaken. Only that which is born in the eternal realm will remain.

behold, the kingdom of God is within you walk into its glory.


Sunday, March 22, 2009

Gospel of the Kingdom

Francis Frangipane:
"For As this Age Ends, Certainly Heaven Will Be Within Reach"

Francis FrangipaneSince time began, the Kingdom of Heaven has been an interactive reality in man's destiny. God (and angels) spoke to man "from Heaven" (Genesis 21:17; 22:11; 22:15), the Lord gave man promises and blessings from Heaven (Genesis 24:7; 49:25), and when necessary brought judgments upon wicked men "out of Heaven" (Genesis 19:24).

Indeed, the revelation of God's Kingdom in the Sacred Writ is no incidental issue. The Bible records several hundred verses where Heaven or God's Kingdom is mentioned in its various phrasings. It is this Kingdom that I'd like us to consider, first as it is revealed in the Old Testament and then as it was manifest in power through Christ in the New Testament. Our focus will remain upon God, of course, yet we must also learn of that realm that surrounds the Most High: His eternal abode.

This realm called Heaven is not only "real," but it is "an everlasting Kingdom" that "endures throughout all generations" (Psalm 145:13). Nations rise and fall, men and cultures emerge in pride and vanity only to disappear, yet God's Kingdom abides forever.

The Time is Fulfilled

For all the references to Heaven in the Old Testament, with few exceptions, the actual life of Heaven remained remote and inaccessible to the common man. Israel had the Law and the Prophets; it had moments of glory and divine visitation. Yet, the Kingdom of God was greater than even Israel's standards of righteousness.

It was out of Israel that the Messiah came, yet His message was not a restoration of the Law. It was the proclamation of God's Kingdom. Both Jesus and His forerunner, John the Baptist, heralded the same incredible word:

"The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the Gospel" (Mark 1:15).

The time was fulfilled? Yes, a new dispensation had arrived! The Kingdom of God was at hand? Yes, Heaven was within the reach of men. The realm of God had come near! The message of the Kingdom was without precedent, yet it was so! Every manner of sickness was healed instantly at the touch of Jesus' hands, for Heaven was at hand! The demonically tormented were instantly set free, for Heaven empowered Jesus.

Yet, as the Holy Spirit empowered Christ, so He empowered and commissioned His disciples, and Heaven manifested through them as well! Through the battalion of His disciples, the authority and compassion of Heaven flowed. They had power to heal, to deliver, even to raise the dead.

"And as you go, preach, saying, 'The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand'" (Matthew 10:7).

Heaven, "at hand?" What did that mean, but that Heaven itself, once remote and inaccessible to common men, was now close enough to reach from where men were.

Beloved, this is what Jesus said Church should look like! Healing, deliverance, power: the Kingdom of Heaven manifested through the lives of surrendered, yet believing men and women. And this is what the Church will look like before Jesus returns.

This Gospel of the Kingdom

Jesus knew there would be a great falling away from God's Kingdom. He warned of false prophets and teachers arising to mislead many. Certainly, we have seen our share of watered-down, superficial Christianity. Yet in spite of our failings, Jesus made a remarkable prediction. He said,

"This Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come" (Matthew 24:14).

In spite of a great falling away, there is a great gathering back to God's Kingdom. Let us hear Christ's words with faith. He said before the "end shall come" and He returns, the Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached to all nations. He did not say that the whole world would be subdued before He returns, but that the whole world would witness the Kingdom of Heaven, preached with power, before His return.

Let me emphasize His reassuring point. He said, "This Gospel" – that is, His Gospel, His teaching, the "words in red." If we focus on becoming like Him in obedience to His words, He promises to increasingly accompany our preaching with His power to perform miracles, signs and wonders.

He said, "This Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached." Not the Gospel only of salvation (as wonderful as it is!), but also the message of the Kingdom. The Gospel of salvation is free. We cannot access the Kingdom without experiencing salvation by faith in God's grace. Yet, many in the Church have been parked in the realm of salvation without ever seeing and believing the promise of God's Kingdom.

Beloved, our theology has been diluted by unbelief and dead traditions. We need to return to the words of Christ. We need to press into the reality of God's Kingdom. For as this age ends, certainly Heaven will be within reach.

Francis Frangipane
Ministries of Francis Frangipane

Email: info@frangipane.org
Website: www.frangipane.org

Thursday, March 19, 2009


Matt Sorger:
God Invades the Catholic Church and Releases a New Move of Unity Among Denominations"

Matt SorgerWe pray for revival, we ask God for a fresh outbreak of His glory and sometimes God shows up in a way we don't expect. Several years ago, the Lord spoke to me during a time of prayer that a fresh wave of the Holy Spirit would sweep through the Catholic Church. For years I have been praying over this. I didn't know God was going to begin answering these prayers in New Zealand.

While on my recent trip to New Zealand, we witnessed and experienced an outpouring of the Holy Spirit within the Catholic Church. We were invited to come and minister to the Catholics by Monsignor Green and Brother Andrew Pigg of Christ the King Church in New Zealand. While we were there, God gave us great favor with not only Monsignor Green, but also with the overseeing Bishop of the Catholic Church in Auckland, New Zealand. We met for an hour with Bishop Pat Dunn and received his prayers and blessings for what God wanted to do within the Catholic Church. They were very open and very hungry to experience the power of the Holy Spirit and were very Christ-centered in their faith and theology.

Matt SorgerWhat transpired during our time there was historic—MSM (Matt Sorger Ministries) being the first American non-Catholics to minister in the Catholic Church in New Zealand. God moved so powerfully—they want more!

A Historic Move of Unity and Glory

The Catholic community in New Zealand consists of many races, tongues and tribes from India, Samoa, Korea, Africa and of course, New Zealand. As the meetings began we received a personal greeting from the Maori people, the original inhabitants of New Zealand, as well as the Samoan people from Samoa. They greeted us with a special tribal dance and welcome. This was the first time something like this was ever done within the Catholic Church.

There was a great move of spiritual unity not only between the people, groups and cultures, but also between Christian denominations. Not only were Catholics present in the meetings en masse, but also Baptists, Pentecostals, Non-Denominational churches and more. This was also a great breakthrough and was the first time some of these churches ever met and worshipped together.

Throughout the meetings Jesus was exalted, the message of grace and faith was preached, and hundreds proclaimed their faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior. We had over 600 people outwardly confess their faith in Christ and publicly repent of their sin, receiving God's grace, love and forgiveness for the first time! It was truly a great harvest of souls within the Catholic community.

The people burned with a hunger for God and a passion and love for Jesus. They were so hungry to learn all they could about the Holy Spirit and His power operating in their lives. We did several in-depth teaching sessions with them during the day on subjects including God's grace and faith, the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the anointing of the Spirit. We also had many times of prayer and impartation for many to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit for the first time along with the activation of all the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

The People Were So Hungry

Matt SorgerEach service, as we opened the altars for prayer, the presence and glory of God would sweep through the meetings, filling many with a fresh anointing and passion for God.

Many healings took place as Matt called out words of knowledge and personally prayed for the multitudes. Many received breakthroughs from past hurts, experienced the forgiveness and freedom from their sins and received divine healing in their bodies.

The people were so hungry for God that even after the services were dismissed, the people thronged Matt as he tried to make his way out of the meeting, often praying for another hour for people desperate for the Lord. MSM has only seen this level of expression of spiritual hunger in countries such as India and Africa.

As Matt taught on the anointing and gifts of the Holy Spirit, many received fresh revelation and insight into the ways of God. Many were filled to overflowing and moved to a deeper place in their faith. Matt's mom, Veronica, also ministered on the theme of grace and faith, and many Catholics received a deeper revelation of the power of God's grace in their lives. Many were "slain out" in the Spirit for the first time and received a powerful anointing from the Lord.

Creative Miracles Released -
Heart Recreated!

Many received healing as the miracle power of God was manifested. Here's one such testimony:

"Hi there, I'm submitting this on behalf of an elderly friend who is computer illiterate! When Matt came to New Zealand last week, four of us went up to the meeting on the Thursday night at the Catholic Church. We had no idea why, but God did! My friend Nola who is in her early 70s has had severe heart problems for a very long time. She has a hole in her heart, has had septicemia, the left ventricle of her heart didn't work, her heart swelled to the size of a rugby ball, and because of severely low blood pressure, she was inoperable and had to be monitored by medication.

"Matt called her out three times, even standing up on the chairs to pray over the section Nola was in. She had on a purple shirt, and he said that God was going to roll back the years and increase her life and that she would have a new heart, amongst other things. Well, Nola went to the cardiologist earlier this week, and the left ventricle is ALIVE and aligned with the other side. Her heart looks well and new and the doctors have lessened her medication. She feels 'normal' for the first time and is busy testifying to all who will listen about what God has done for her.

"Praise Jesus! Nola (who has had an incredibly sad and hard life) is having revival at her age and she thanks God that Matt called her out. Thanks heaps, many blessings to you." -Sandi Clewett

Future Plans for New Zealand

Matt SorgerAlready plans are being made for 2010 for another Healing Crusade in New Zealand. We will spend at least two weeks there next year ministering in several key Catholic Churches throughout the nation, joined by many other Christian denominations.

Plans are underway for a mass gathering of unity and prayer for the healing of the land in New Zealand and for nationwide repentance and turning to God. It just may be that God is using the Catholic Church in New Zealand to usher in a new fresh wave of God's glory into the nation. Please join us in prayer for what the Lord is doing within the Catholic Church. Pray for many more open doors like this throughout the nations and in America.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, we pray that Your Body would be one as You are one with the Father. Continue to release a fresh wave of Your Holy Spirit throughout the Catholic Church and all Christian Believers in America, New Zealand and the nations around the world. Revive us in Your way, draw us close to You. Turn our hearts after Your heart and continually fill us with the blessing of Your glory and presence. May the revelation of faith and grace and Your healing power come to all who call on the name of the Lord out of a pure heart. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Matt Sorger
Matt Sorger Ministries
Email: info@mattsorger.com
Website: www.mattsorger.com

Friday, March 13, 2009

God's General - Etter

Maria Woodworth-Etter

I have been in great dangers; many times not knowing when I would be shot down, either in the pulpit, or going to and from meetings…But I said I would never run, nor compromise. The Lord would always put His mighty power on me, so that He took all fear away, and made me like a giant…If in any way they had tried to shoot, or kill me, He would have struck them dead, and I sometimes told them so.¹

Within a short time after Maria Woodworth-Etter responded to God’s call to “go out in the highways and hedges and gather in the lost sheep,”² and people were thronging to hear her speak with signs and wonders following. By 1885, without a public address system, crowds of over twenty-five thousand pressed in to hear her minister while hundreds fell to the ground under the power of God.³ Woodworth-Etter not only shook up denominational religion, she rocked the secular world with life-altering displays of God’s power.

Those who came to investigate, condemn, or harass her seemed most at risk of “falling out” in what was described as a trance-like state. Maria preached that these strong manifestations of the Spirit were “nothing new; they were just something the Church had lost.” 4 She was unwavering in her determination to break the strongholds that held people, communities, and whole cities in bondage. It seemed the more opposition she faced, the more she dug in her heels. Maria produced invincible strength through tenacious prayer that enabled her to take authority and minister with grace and power. She was known as a revivalist who could break towns open.

Maria Woodworth-Etter did not immediately heed the Lord’s call to evangelistic ministry in her life. As a single woman in the latter part of the nineteenth century, she felt the need to position herself by first obtaining an education and then marrying a missionary. Her well thought-out plans were interrupted when her father suddenly died in a farming accident and she was left with the burden of helping support her family. She met P.H. Woodworth upon his return from the Civil War, and after a brief courtship, they married and took up farming.

Over the course of time, P.H. and Maria became the parents of six children. Farming life proved difficult and they struggled with the demands of making a living and raising a family. Maria was frustrated that she couldn’t answer the call to ministry due to the demands of her life on the farm as a wife and mother of a growing family. She battled illness and disappointment that her husband did not share her desire for ministry. Then overwhelming tragedy struck as the Woodworth’s lost five of their six children to illness. P.H. never recovered from this loss and Maria did her best to support him while raising their only surviving daughter. Instead of growing bitter, Maria applied the Word of God to her heart.

She came to understand through her study of the Bible that God had used women as ministers, prophets, and leaders. From the prophecy of Joel she read that God would pour out his Spirit on both men and women. Still, she felt inadequate and ill-equipped to be of useful service to the Lord. She continued to study and later wrote, “The more I investigated, the more I found to condemn me.”5

Then Maria had a vision. Angels came into her room and took her to the West, over prairies, lakes, forests, and rivers where she saw a long, wide field of waving grain. As the view unfolded she began to preach and saw the grains begin to fall like sheaves. Then Jesus told her that, “just as the grain fell, so people would fall” as she preached.6 Finally, Maria yielded to the increasingly clear call and asked the Lord to anoint her for ministry.

And the Lord did. Shortly after she began ministering to small groups in her community, churches began inviting her to speak to their congregations. The result was always a deep conviction among the hearers as they fell to the floor weeping. Soon she was invited westward and began traveling extensively. It wasn’t long before she had held nine revivals, preached two hundred sermons, and started two churches with Sunday school memberships of over one hundred people. God honored Maria’s dedication and faithfulness restoring her heart and the years she had lost.

But it was not until she preached at a church in western Ohio that the meaning of her vision about the sheaves of wheat became clear. Here the people fell into what seemed like “trances”—an altered state which would come to profoundly mark her ministry and confound the wise of her day. “Fifteen came to the altar screaming for mercy. Men and women fell and lay like dead,” Maria recounted. “After laying on the floor for some time, they sprang to their feet shouting praises to God. The ministers and elder saints wept and praised the Lord for His ‘Pentecost Power’”7—and from that meeting on, her ministry would be marked by this particular manifestation with hundreds miraculously healed, and hundreds more coming to Christ.

At every meeting she held, there was a demonstration of the power of the Spirit. One reporter wrote, “Vehicles of all sorts began pouring into the city at an early hour—nothing short of a circus or a political rally ever before brought in so large a crowd.”8 Maria couldn’t answer all the invitations she received to minister, but the ones she did accept created a national stir that has never been silenced. The writings of then young F.F. Bosworth described the spectacular meetings that took place in Dallas, Texas, from July through December. As a result, Dallas became a hub of the Pentecostal revival.

Along with Maria’s ministry success came great pressures and severe persecution. It was during a controversial crusade in Oakland, California—where she had met with unusually challenging opposition—she decided to leave her unfaithful husband after his infidelity had been exposed. After twenty-six stormy years of marriage, they were divorced in January of 1891. In less than a year, P.H. remarried and publicly slandered Maria’s character. He died not long after on June 21, 1892, of Typhoid Fever.

God, however, continued to honor Maria. As she persistently sowed, labored, and reaped a momentous harvest for the Lord, God sent her a true friend and partner in Samuel Etter. Again her sorrow was turned to joy as the two were married in 1902. Samuel became a vital part of Maria’s ministry in every capacity and the two co-labored for Christ until his death twelve years later. Maria never wavered in her dedication to the healing and evangelistic ministry she was so powerfully called to. She seemed invincible in her ability to carry on in the face of tragedy and opposition. Her fame for miraculous healings and revival services grew, as did her critics. But God silenced them all.

She has been called the grandmother of the Pentecostal movement. None has done more than Maria Woodworth-Etter to shed light on the convicting power of the Holy Spirit, the role of women in ministry, and the power of miracle crusades to revive a nation. In addition, she brought insight on how to effectively administrate massive miracle crusades, build sustainable ministry centers and manage opposition in the public arena. Her commitment and dedication personally influenced such great heroes of the faith as Smith Wigglesworth, Aimee Semple McPherson, John Alexander Dowie, John G. Lake, E.W. Kenyon, F.F. Bosworth, and Kathryn Kuhlman.

Her legacy is evidenced by the ongoing ministry work of healing evangelists around the world. Though, for the last six years of her life, she confined herself to ministering from the Tabernacle she had erected in Indianapolis, ID, her healing anointing remained as powerful as ever. She continued to speak with power from the Word of God until her very last days. As she became weaker, she was carried in a chair to the pulpit, and finally ministered a touch of healing or a word of hope from her bed.

In 1924, at the age of eighty, Maria B. Woodworth-Etter fell into a deep sleep and went home to be with the Lord. Her passing was mourned by all whose lives she touched and was felt by the entire nation. She ministered God’s healing power with the last ounce of her strength, proclaiming God’s love with the last of her breath.

Works Consulted

1 Maria Woodworth-Etter, “A Sermon for Women,” A Diary of Signs & Wonders (Tulsa, OK: Harrison House, Reprinted from 1916 ed.), 184

2 Wayne E. Warner, “Neglect Not the Gift That Is In Thee,” Etter Sermon from The Woman Evangelist (Metuchen, NJ and London: The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 1986), 7

3 Ibid., 146

4 Ibid., 148

5 Ibid., 8

6 Ibid., 10

7 Ibid., 307

8 Ibid., 201

Website : www.godsgenerals.com

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

William Branham - A Forerunner Ministry

Paul Keith Davis:
"William Branham: A Forerunner Ministry and Prototype of the Bridal Company"

Paul Keith DavisDuring the early 1930s an extraordinarily gifted prophet began to emerge as a spiritual leader of a new ministry model. His name was William Branham. He was a very simple, uneducated man raised in the hills of Kentucky and ordained as a Baptist minister. Even so, God wonderfully graced this humble man with a revelatory gift and supernatural power not seen since the early Church. Not only were the miracles and healings that accompanied his ministry astounding, but he was also shown numerous future events with remarkable accuracy that now are a matter of historical record.

Following a series of evangelistic meetings, Branham held a baptismal service on June 11, 1933, for new converts. Some four thousand people lined the banks of the Ohio River to observe and celebrate the service. While baptizing the seventeenth person, a whirling amber light descended from Heaven and rested directly above Branham. Virtually all the witnesses present could see this supernatural sign. Many eyewitnesses ran in fear, while others fell to their knees and worshipped because they recognized this was God doing something truly extraordinary.

In this experience God gave William Branham a forerunner message for his life and ministry. I believe he was a token or prototype of an entire body of people who will emerge as Jesus' bridal company. By his own acknowledgment, Branham was a harbinger of something new and fresh the Lord planned for the last days. This supernatural dimension will be commonplace in end-time life and ministry.

Numerous news organizations picked up the story and circulated it around the U.S. and Canada. One headline read, "Mysterious Light Appears over Baptist Minister While Baptizing in the Ohio River." The Jeffersonville Evening News reported the incident with the subheading, "Mysterious Star Appears over Minister While Baptizing." Though many may debate the full meaning of the event, its authenticity is not disputed.

This public display of God's awesome power framed a heavenly intention. No design of Heaven is ever administered futilely. Every word and demonstration that proceeds from the mouth and hand of God will return fruitfully. A Kingdom message for today's Church was sent to that prior generation—and we are responsible for its consummation. The Living Word desires to rest in His Bride. Jesus wants to become flesh once more and demonstrate His Kingdom power and redemptive virtue.

Early Supernatural Models

If that episode on the Ohio River was just an isolated incident then we could be thrilled by such a display of God's power and move on. However, that was only one of many expressions of God in the life of this forerunner.

During his early ministry, Branham had several supernatural experiences for which he had no frame of reference or ability to understand. Neither he nor those with whom he was in ministry relationship comprehended the revelatory realm of God. Only the Bible provided any source of enlightenment; very few people had personally experienced this supernatural dimension of God. Unfortunately, most Christians at the time believed those kinds of expressions had happened in the Bible but did not any longer. Words like trance and vision rarely existed in the spiritual vocabulary of that day.

The years after World War I were difficult. Few people had access to libraries or Christian material. Branham, raised in extreme poverty in the hills of Kentucky, certainly had no way of researching how God's supernatural power had manifested throughout Church history. Nonetheless, the Spirit showed him things that would occur in the future. He shared those encounters openly with those around him. To everyone's amazement, the events came to pass in precisely the manner he predicted. Tremendous healings frequently accompanied his revelatory experiences.

It wasn't until an angelic visitation on May 7, 1946, though, that Branham came to understand more fully the purpose and validity of the supernatural dimension into which he had been thrust. This minister of God was desperate to understand the spiritual realms he was witnessing or he would die trying. He set his intent on discovering whether his visions and trances were from God or from the enemy. He loved the Lord too much to allow deception to rule him.

Branham withdrew to a secluded wooded area in rural Indiana. There was no food, electricity, or other provision. All he did was lay before God in humility and sincerity. Wonderfully, the Lord answered the cry of His servant. An angel was sent to Branham and told him about his life and calling in a face to face encounter. This heavenly messenger came to impart spiritual understanding and a divine commission.

The Commissioning

According to Branham's personal testimony which he often shared publicly during the late '40s and throughout the '50s, something supernatural occurred late that night after many hours of prayer. A heavenly light appeared; it looked like an amber or emerald star of fire, illuminating the room around him. It was the same manifestation that had appeared over the Ohio River thirteen years earlier. At that moment Branham heard footsteps walking toward him and saw someone standing in the light.

An angelic messenger greeted him as in the Bible: "Fear not, for I am sent from the presence of Almighty God." The angel, according to Branham, was six feet tall and weighed approximately two hundred pounds. He had an olive complexion, with dark hair that touched his shoulders, and he wore a white robe that reached to his feet. As soon as Branham heard the greeting, he recognized the angel's voice as the one he had heard throughout his youth and early ministry.

An appointed juncture in Church history had arrived. The Lord was looking for a messenger to fulfill a divine mandate and to introduce the supernatural dimension of Heaven to a new generation. Clearly the humility and devotion of Branham captured Heaven's attention and opened the door for this man to be used in significant ways. A plan, initiated before the foundation of the world, was set in motion for him. The time had arrived for destiny to be fulfilled.

The angel informed Branham that he was called to take a message of divine healing around the world. The angel promised him that if he could get people to believe, nothing would hinder the fulfillment of his prayers—not even cancer. Branham introduced his generation, and ours, to the revelatory realm of Heaven. These signs and wonders acted as a platform to birth faith in the supernatural power of God.

Notable supernatural impartation was released during this visitation. The angel told him that just like Moses, he would be given two gifts as signs of this impartation. Whenever he took a person's right hand with his left, he would by revelation perceive the person's physical condition. This was the first spiritual gift: it allowed the minister to detect through revelatory insight the specific illnesses, demonic oppressions, and deadly diseases afflicting the people.

Whenever Branham prophesied a precise illness or condition, his listeners' faith in God was elevated, allowing incredible healing and miracles. His first public healing meeting after his commissioning took place on June 14, 1946, in St. Louis, Missouri. Immediately creative miracles and phenomenal demonstrations of healing were generated on such a massive scale that theologians termed it an unprecedented event in Church history. As Gordon Lindsay once said, "There were no hard cases." No matter how severe the malady, the Lord was present to heal.

The angel promised Branham that God would give him a second gift if he used the first with humility. The next gift gave him discernment of thoughts and secrets of the heart and would take people to an even deeper level of faith.

As Jesus' encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well had, the unfolding of personal history and intimate secrets ignited faith. People rose above shame and unbelief and engaged the revelatory realm of Heaven. Their response is a prophetic model for our generation.

The Bible declares that the living Word is alive, active, and a discerner of the thoughts and desires of the heart (see Hebrews 4:12). The gift of discernment offers a far greater dimension in God than the expression of a simple "word of knowledge." It is a reflection that the Lord has removed the veil dividing soul and spirit, and all things are open and exposed to Him.

When operating in the gift of revelatory discernment, Branham would stand before the people and communicate, by supernatural insight, their name, illness, history, address, private prayers and desires, and many other secrets known only to the Lord. Those present in those meetings testify that this dimension of God generated a tangible expectation of faith. People believed that anything was possible in such an atmosphere of heavenly anointing.

The messenger from Heaven shared many things with Branham during their lengthy conversation. Branham's ministry introduced a different dimension in God, not seen or demonstrated on such a scale at any time throughout Church history. Its foundation was a union with Christ, with the Lord living in the midst of His people and doing, through them, the same works that He did while on earth.

Gordon Lindsay, founder of Christ for the Nations, wrote of this spiritual experience: "The results of the angelic visitation to William Branham have been a steadily rising tide of revival that has sounded out throughout the world, and the end is not yet."

Igniting Revival

Following his angelic encounter, Brother Branham emerged with a deep anointing of revelation and power that directly or indirectly touched millions of people and launched a worldwide revival. Countless thousands were miraculously healed of the most hideous infirmities and deadly diseases during the ministry of this man and others who followed.

Naturally, God puts His great treasures in earthen vessels. Like all human beings—with the exception of Jesus Christ—Brother Branham made mistakes and missteps along the way. Even so, his revelatory encounters were marked with uncanny accuracy. It is the revelation of Heaven that is of paramount importance. But just as important is the proper stewardship of the treasures of insight and wisdom with application today; we must carefully unfold God's blueprint.

A divine presence distinguished Branham's life and ministry. The living Word discerned and communicated through Branham the thoughts of the heart with profound precision. He was given glimpses into the plan and destiny of Heaven for individuals and corporate bodies. His ministry was a forerunner model that foresaw the impact of a body of Believers who will emerge in our day and embody the living Word. The signs and wonders that follow will release a bridal revival that will be identified according to John 14:12—a "greater works" generation.

Extracting Understanding

It is always wonderful to recount stories of God's goodness to people. However, there is much more for us to understand about God's dealings with Branham's generation. A platform had been established for heavenly truth, and we must comprehend the significance of this type of ministry for our generation. These events were much more than revival; they were the beginning of end-time ministry; they pointed to a generation of destiny prophesied in Scripture. As with Moses, these signs were given so that the people would believe.

The time has come to revisit the awesome visions given to this godly man, along with the other pieces of the divine puzzle entrusted to other Christians. Like Daniel studying the prophecies of Jeremiah, we should meditate upon these supernatural encounters to extract their application to both Branham's time and our own. We can learn from past mistakes and extract the seeds of God, replanting them in the soil of our honest and sincere hearts.

As in the days of Moses and the Lord Jesus, the enemy recognizes times and seasons that mark the appearance of spiritual deliverers. Rampant abortion, murder, and suicide should be a clear indication of the efforts used by the enemy to stop the emergence of mighty spiritual warriors. He wants to snuff out those endowed with the virtue of Heaven to carry out the plan of God.

A day of destiny is upon us. The "victorious ones" mentioned in the prophecies of Joel are being prepared to emerge as an army, the bridal company joined to the Bridegroom.

Ending an Age

With that brief history in mind, we should revisit a trance given to William Branham in June 1933.

On that day he was taken in the Spirit and told of Mussolini's impending invasion of Ethiopia and eventual death in 1945. Branham was shown that an Austrian named Hitler would rise as dictator of Germany and lead the world into another war. He was also shown that America would be drawn into a Second World War under Roosevelt's leadership and likewise saw a specific location where many Americans would die in battle—a prophetic picture of the place known as the Siegfried line.

Furthermore, the vision emphasized that there were three "isms"—fascism, Nazism, and communism—to watch for. The first two would come to naught, he was told, but communism would continue to flourish after the war. He was specifically informed that Russia would play a prominent role as a world power in the future.

Along with the political events, other insights were given concerning science, the moral decline of the nations, and the spiritual compromise and confrontations of the Western Church. All these spiritual forecasts were shared publicly years before they actually occurred.

In one insight, Branham was given the year 1977 as a pivotal time. Although he acknowledged that he didn't understand the full implications of that year, Branham predicted that something major would occur in 1977 to mark the end of the Laodicean church age. He was careful to note that the prediction was not a "thus saith the Lord" like the other world events revealed in the trance, but rather a calculation based on the insight from the revelations.

As the years passed, this personal prediction prompted a lot of misunderstanding. Many people believed that he was foretelling the rapture of the Church or the return of Christ. However, that was not what he had stated and, furthermore, the Bible plainly declares that we will not know the day nor the hour of those events.

Something spiritually profound did occur in 1977, though. God had a grand design that was meticulously falling into place for a future generation through the numerous supernatural wonders He was performing. Great spiritual investments were being made to position us for an inevitable day of destiny. The transition into our day had begun.


In 1977, Roland Buck, a dearly beloved pastor of an Assembly of God Church in Boise, Idaho, visited Heaven's throne room, initiating a string of visitations from the angel Gabriel. On twenty-seven separate occasions, this archangel, often accompanied by other ministering spirits and warring angels, visited with Buck.

In October 2002, Wanda and I had the privilege of spending a morning with Roland Buck's widow and daughter in Boise, Idaho. They shared with us some of the highlights of Buck's encounters with the messengers from Heaven, and unquestionably something of notable prophetic consequence occurred during those few years. An appointed time, set by the Father Himself, had arrived, for in Buck our Lord found the qualities He desired.

If the angel Gabriel is sent as a messenger, it behooves us to discover the heart and strategy of the Father in that endeavor. The Bible records that universal transitions and transformations occur following visitations with this particular angel. While we only desire Jesus Christ and the life He gives us, history clearly indicates that significant world events occur when we encounter high-ranking spiritual beings like Gabriel and Michael. That pattern continues today.

Heavenly Directives

The angelic messenger told Buck many of God's plans in preparation for the latter-day confrontation with darkness. Gabriel highlighted emphatically the power of redemption purchased through the Blood of Jesus Christ. He stressed that very few Christians fully comprehend or appropriate the power imparted to them through heavenly grace. Many walk well below their allotted provision because of deceptive and seductive spirits that steal their heritage in Christ.

Buck was also informed of Heaven's concentrated efforts to bring workers into the Kingdom in preparation for a great harvest. He was shown how angels are assigned to labor together with the saints. When Believers pray earnestly for loved ones' salvation, angels are empowered to awaken the lost in their cooperative work with the Holy Spirit.

Throughout the visitations, Gabriel emphasized the importance of communion with Christ and intimate fellowship with God. The Lord Jesus is looking to sanctify wholly the spirit, soul, and body of a company of Believers and take up residence in them to do greater works. Yet Heaven's endowment for these greater works will only be unleashed by radical intimacy and friendship with God. Waiting on the Lord will be the key to launching many into the mystical realms of Heaven.

Gabriel also highlighted the prophetic implications of the feasts of Israel. The careful and meticulous plan of Heaven is being carried out. The Lord has provided the blueprint through His Word, and now revelation and insight are being apportioned and authority delegated to actualize that Word. Clearly the visitations of the archangel Gabriel were addressing the maturing of the times and the emergence of the saints.

Buck's experiences marked a transition from what has been known as the Church ages into a more complete revelation of the Kingdom realm. Most importantly, it marked the passage into a day when the fullness of the overcoming King will be introduced. We are entering the days in which we will taste the good word of God and the powers of the age to come. Fresh releases of power and authority are being entrusted to an overcoming body of Believers. We must claim this revelation of Heaven and walk in the destiny ordained for this season.

Paul Keith and Wanda Davis
WhiteDove Ministries
Email: inquiries@whitedoveministries.org
Website: www.whitedoveministries.org