We are in the process of building a new wineskin. The truth is, the new wineskin is not really new. It is just new to us. The new wineskin is an ancient pattern. The key to taking the Promised Land and the key to David’s kingdom was the Ark of the Covenant. It was where the presence of God rested.
The Lord spoke to me some years ago out of Isaiah 4:3-6. It is about how God will visit Mount Zion with a spirit of judgment and burning so that all who remain in Zion will be called holy. It goes on to describe how this will be a place of covering and refuge from the storm. Then this phrase captured my attention in verse 5, “then the Lord will create above every dwelling place of Mount Zion, and above her assemblies…” That was when I realized that the Church in any city who did what David did could see a tabernacle of David established in their city.
Last night I was with Jake & Nancy Dragseth and the Jefferson County Prayer Council in Port Townsend WA. We were privileged to meet Mayor King and hear his requests as to how the Church might serve the community (ie. praying for and helping with a number of young homeless men). I shared about the almost 700 lightning strikes that occurred in one hour on July 13th of which they were right in the middle of it.
I was very excited because I knew there were many many prayers answered on that day. I've often seen the Lord give signs like this to encourage His people to continue to pray until they saw the breakthrough. As we entered into a time of prayer I received more revelation (click here for access to a powerful teaching on thunder, lightning and the voice of the Lord) from Job 36:32 which says,
"He covers His hands with lightning, And commands it to strike."
The word "covers" in Hebrew means He conceals in secret of hides. "Commands" means He sends a messenger to enjoin or set things in order. The word "strike" is the most interesting word. It is the Hebrew word pronounced "paga." It means to entreat, to fall upon, intercede, intercession or pray. It is the same word used in Isaiah 53:12 wherein it prophesies of Jesus saying "...he bare the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors." In Isaiah 59:16 it says:
FB Report from Komo5 News - Almost 700 Lightning Strikes in 1 Hour
On July 13, 2012 at 9:21am, based upon a number of reports from apostles, prophets, seers and intercessors I sent out an email declaring "let us pray, release the flood." It included references to Joel 2, Psalm 29, Matthew 24:36-39, Job 37, Psalm 148, and Psalm 18:6-15.
Within just a few minutes thunder and large hail began to drop. This was unusual as thunderstorms were not forecast to my knowledge. It was supposed to be sunny and 80 degrees. It caused me to remember Psalm 18:6-14. Over the years with Operation Rolling Thunder I've seen the Lord mark significant events with supernatural signs that reflect his word (click here for some supernatural examples).
Within a few more moments I began to receive report after report from all over our state and as far away as from Idaho. As people began opening the email they described two things. First, that God had been giving them a word (by dream and vision to) that flowed with the theme. Second, they described how thunder and lightning was heard as they were reading the email and they sensed God's presence.
The picture in this post describes how KOMO5 news reported via Facebook at 10:35am that within the last hour (began 14 minutes after the email went out) there had been almost 700 lightning strikes recorded. Now I got truly excited because I'd just taught New Life Christian Center in Portland Oregon on July 1 what I'd learned science could teach us about the voice of the Lord. The lightning strikes were occurring in areas where I know there is much prayer being mobilized through leaders using ORT along with a number of 24/7 prayer centers. I know that ALOT of PRAYERS WERE ANSWERED during that time! You see, Romans 1:20 teaches us that creation can teach us about God's invisible attributes.
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, NKJV
In the Shepherds Rod 2012 on page 124 Bobby Conner saw a vision which he titled God's Love Will Rain Down. It says:
In a vision, I saw terrible storm clouds gathering across the earth and angry bolts of lightning striking the earth with rage and unrest. The Lord said to me, "watch what I am about to do in the midst of the storm."
I was shown a huge, glowing silver cloud forming in the heavens. However, it did not feel like a dangerous threatening storm. There was a sound like thunder, but not like normal, and I saw flashes of lightning. Then the heavens began to rain down holy fire. I watched as people began to run to the falling fire, rejoicing; jubilation was everywhere.
I said,"Lord, what is this heavenly fire?' He said, "My love." End of quote from Shepherds Rod 2012.
This marks the 7th year since God gave me the strategy Operation Rolling Thunder (ORT) to Steward. It has grown as kingdom minded leaders and CONECTers (prayer leaders and mobilizers) from around the world have used
ORT to mobilize churches in their community to invite Christ's abiding presence. The scripture teaches us that God is a consuming fire and God is love.
This is why we see so many salvations, healings, and things like crime decrease when churches follow the strategy. As God's people storm the heavens, God responds with a storm love on the earth. Click here to learn how you can invite a storm of God's love to your city.
I was on Facebook yesterday when I saw a powerful testimony from the Mom of a nine month old whom God healed by growing her child's leg out. We happen to know Danielle personally because we have a covenant to pray for Skip and Danielle's business called DI Entertainment. We are rejoicing in the miracle Christ did on their behalf. Here's her testimony:
I took my baby in for her six month check up and learned that one leg was ½ inch shorter than the other. At 8 months I took her to another doctor it was confirmed again that one leg was ½ inch shorter. Yesterday (almost 9 months) I took her to a specialist that we were referred to and they confirmed they are now exactly the same.
It was a pretty noticeable difference with her short legs. You could see the difference between her thighs to her knee caps and of course her overall length. This created a great opportunity for dialogue about the goodness of the Lord with the doctor, the nurse and several other random people. We have been contending for this the last three months and our good God came through and did what He does!” We are believing for many things right now and this was an awesome expression of Him hearing and responding to His children’s prayers!
Revelation 19:10 ..... Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."
If Jesus did a miracle like this for Danielle and her family, He can do it for you too! Only believe, pray and ask in Jesus name.
The One Nation Under God Rally was POWERFUL! Standing room only! Praise God!
Last night I was privileged to open this event with a few words and prayer. It began with the candidate for Attorney General, Stephen Pidgeon blowing the shofar. Then
I quoted the first several lines of the second paragraph from the Declaration of Independence (click here) which clearly acknowledges five immutable principles constitute the heart and soul of American government (list from One Nation Under God by Wallbuilders)
1. Government acknowledges that there is a Creator
2. Government acknowledges that the Creator gives specific inalienable rights to man
3. Government acknowledges that it exists to protect God-given rights
4. Government acknowledges that below the level of God-given rights, government powers are to be operated only with the permission of citizens – i.e., with the “consent of the governed”
5. If government fails to meet the four standards above, the people have an inalienable right to abolish that government and institute a new one that does observe the four criteria above.
The Wallbuilder's article went on to make this profound statement, "Significantly, without a public and official recognition of God, there is no hope of limited government, for rights come only from God or from man."(click here) I went on to share how God always has a remnant like the 7000 who did not bow the knee in Elijah's day and that I believed there was a people in Washington State today that would reflect Daniel 11:32.. "but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits."
The Prophetic Sign
Pastor Dan Keller from Island View Worship Center in Richland WA was the next speaker. He was on the platform with the flag standing off to the right of his shoulder. He began describing the condition of our Nation and quoted President Obama who said:
Jefferson County Health Emergency Room Director
Whooping cough epidemic stopped through the Church in Jefferson County.
Churches in Jefferson County WA used our strategy to mobilize prayer and establish councils to connect in 7 spheres of society. On Mar 27 they met and a County Commissioner asked them to pray about the whooping cough epidemic. Last night I was with them when the director of emergency services addressed this Council. As of April 13 there has not been one case reported. From epidemic proportions to zero.
The PTLeader reported on 4/10/12 that the whooping cough had become an epidemic all though there were only two cases reported in the last two weeks (note the time the Church began to pray above). The headline in the PTLeader on 5/15/2012 states "No New Cases Here Since April 13.."
In December the police chief asked them to pray about crime and it decreased by more than 50% compared to the Christmas holidays last year. Click here for Ap. Jake's testimony.
Are you looking to your faith in action to transform your community with real results? This testimony is the power of a united Church working together. Discover the strategy and principles this powerful series on "Strategic Leadership." Click here.
Recently I attended a conference where Paul Keith Davis spoke. I always appreciate hearing other prophetic voices that reinforce what God has been showing me. I confess, on one hand it is very encouraging but on the other, it also frustrates me because I wonder, "why do so few seem to see or hear?" Lord, am I not communicating well? What can I do to make it easier for people to hear what you are saying? Back to the point of this article.
Paul Keith spent over 30 minutes describing what the Lord showed him about Apostolic Resource Centers (ARCs) and it sounded so very similar as to what the Lord showed me click here to learn more about ARCs. Amos 3:7, surely God does nothing unless He reveals it to His servants the prophets (prophets PLURAL). That was encouraging.
He also mentioned how the Feasts that the Jews celebrate in 2015 would be marked by lunar and solar eclipses. Now, I found that very interesting as I've seen God use signs and wonders in the heavens for several years to mark the message He gave me to steward (click here). God used the signs to mark His message. The most important thing is not the sign, but the author of the sign and His message.
The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.
Here is what I found when I compared the Feasts schedule for 2015 to NASA's lunar and solar eclipse calendars.