In 2017, Before many were saying anything about a Third Great Awakening the Holy Spirit began speaking to me concerning future ministry of Revival that was to come. I have to admit that I thought He was dealing with me alone concerning things in my ministry, possibly because of the way in which He spoke to me. In recent days as I have heard many prophets speak of coming revival, I have to wonder if it was not something greater and maybe even worldwide but definitely, I believe nationwide.
Let me give a short background to the vision. At 19 I dedicated my life to Christ in Angelus Temple in Los Angeles, California. Someone I met invited me to sing in a choir, knowing of my love of music being a musician, a choir for Kathryn Kuhlman, the lady evangelist who was coming to the Shrine Auditorium monthly for miracle services. I did not have a clue who she was but only what he told me. I auditioned for the choir and joined and my first experience to see miracles was sitting in the choir on the platform behind Miss Kuhlman. It was quite an experience to say the least. I did not realize at that time that God was calling me to be an evangelist.
Fast forward. Ministering starting in Bible College, I began to see God move in miraculous ways. This was the beginning of the Charismatic Movement and Jesus Movement. Ministering in churches over the years of many denominations from Pentecostal and everything in between to Catholic churches, I saw miracles that awed me. I remember one such meeting in the One Twenty Fellowship, a ministry in Escondido, California run by Merlin Carothers, a known author in the movement. The presence of God from the beginning of the service was like the building was filled with electricity in the atmosphere. There were not only healings, but the move of God was so powerful I felt like a bystander. I could have sat down and watched God move. People in that service said that they had never seen a move of God like it in those weekly services. It burned a picture in my memory that I have never forgotten and that was almost 50 years ago.
Onto the vision. I was driving south on I-17 in Phoenix thinking about a move of God and back to when I heard Kathryn say that when the healings were taking place that it was like rays of golden sunlight on the individuals as she was “calling out” healings by the Word of Knowledge. All of a sudden while driving God gave me a vision. I cannot explain except that I saw this and also the freeway at the same time. Now almost four years later I can see the vision as it was given to me. It was burned in my memory. I was standing on the platform of a large auditorium with a balcony. The place was packed. I then saw the Glory of God come upon the whole auditorium, upon every person like golden rain falling on the everyone in the auditorium. I truly believe that God was showing me as He has shown others that we are on the verge of experiencing a great move of the Spirit, possibly the Latter Rain the book of Joel talks about. Many in the 1940’s called that the Latter Rain Movement, but many men and women of God are being shown that this is to be a great worldwide outpouring. I believe it. Let us pray and believe God to do what He has said and shown that just might be the last great move of the Spirit before the coming of the Lord. It was prophesied by a prophet over me years ago that this would be bigger than even I could imagine and three in three separate times and places prophesied to me the same thing, a great move of God. It IS Coming!!! Get ready!
“The glory of the LORD shall be revealed, And all flesh shall see it together; For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” Isaiah 40:5 For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. Hab 2:14
Perhaps there is not a greater controversy in the Church today than Romans 13. It probably would never have been brought to the forefront had it not been for the Covid19 Virus. The Lockdowns, the masking and social distancing mandate, the shutting down of churches for the sake of health. What does Romans 13 really say? I visited a church a couple weeks ago where the pastor’s sermon was specifically about this subject. His final statement was that we should obey the governing authorities in everything except when they say that we cannot preach the Gospel. The confusing thing was that almost everyone in the church was not wearing a mask and most were not social distancing which is mandated here and there were probably two hundred people in the church, if not more. So, we were pretty much all breaking the law, only that was not mentioned. Is that really what Romans 13 is saying? A closer reading of the chapters 12 through 14 show us what our attitude should be. And interpreting scripture is always in context of other scripture.
Rulers are appointed to give laws for the good of all.
Romans 13:1-14 (NKJV)
1 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.
2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.
3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same.
4 For he is God's minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God's minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.
This portion states that rulers are there to give laws that protect society and give peace. Do all rulers do that? Of course not. Should they? Yes. What is the duty of all Christians regardless of what government they are under? It states it right there. The Christian is to do good works, glorifying God. We are to be peaceful so as not to bring reproach on the Lord and His Gospel. I don’t think that any true Christian would reject that. What it says very plainly is if we break the laws of the land then we will suffer punishment. Whether that punishment be from the government or God is not so clear. Possibly both. The catch here is what laws are we to submit to? All the laws, even those that go against our faith? What if a law such as in a Muslim country forbids Christian worship and proselytizing? Are we to obey that law? What if we are in an army of a country and we are ordered to kill Christians or any peaceful citizens? The answer is obvious. You may not know it but it happened in Germany when Christians were ordered by Hitler to kill Jews and and many who were Christians. You say how could you be a Christian and be in Hitler’s army? He drafted both my friend’s father and grandfather who was age 65 and both were killed in battle. They were Christians and yet had to serve in an army that did many evil things against the will of God.
What are the laws of our land that we must follow? The pastor I heard said that the Bible does not say we can march with placards. No, it does not but it says to obey rulers and in our land the laws are in our constitution. We are allowed by the first amendment to peacefully protest. It is our legal right and so therefore we are submitting to the governing authorities when we do that. It is interesting that in the latter part of the chapter it gives the answer that should settle the whole matter. It quotes some of the Ten Commandments, which are the laws given directly from God.
8 Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.
9 For the commandments, "You shall not commit adultery," "You shall not murder," "You shall not steal," "You shall not bear false witness," "You shall not covet," and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
It is clear here that we are to love our neighbors as a priority and keep the laws of God. Those laws are the Ten Commandments. If we do that, we should not be punished as an evil doer. It seems that it is all based on the principle of Love. If we follow God’s commands, doing His commandments which were given not only to save us from our own selfishness and lust, but to do the works of righteousness then we will be pleasing to the Lord. In a civil society we will be looked upon with favor. Of course all societies are not civil and ours is quickly moving away from righteousness. It is a simple directive from the apostle and that is to do good, show love and you will live peaceably. If the society is such that persecution results from doing good, then we must obey God rather than man. Everything we do should be governed by love. If it is marching with placards peaceably to save the killing of innocents, then we are doing God’s work out of love for Him and for people, specifically babies. We are not to riot as some are but we are to do the whole will of God and that is not JUST preaching the Gospel.
“10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”