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.
In 2005 God gave me a strategy to steward that we’ve been using to assist leaders in taking the first two steps King David took when he began to expand the kingdom. It helps leaders form apostolic (strategic) councils while building 24/7 prayer in a city quickly as local churches each take a day of 24/7 prayer. Thereby inviting God’s abiding presence into their city and the Spirit of wisdom, understanding, counsel and might into the presence of their councils. That strategy is called Operation Rolling Thunder (www.ORTPrayer.org). It is based upon the pattern the Lord gave King David.
One of the things I’ve learned about apostolic plans is that God mark “His plans” with supernatural signs and wonders (Hebrews 2:4). The word translated as signs in Hebrews 2:4 is the Greek word semion. It is translated as a sign, wonder or miracle 75 times in God’s word except for one time in 2 Thessalonians 3:17 where the word sign is used in the context of a “signature.”
2 Thessalonians 3:17
The salutation of Paul with my own hand, which is a sign in every epistle; so I write. NKJV
Since 2005 we’ve recorded over 60+ unusual signs wonders and miracles in the heavens and on the earth that occurred to mark the delivery of the Lord’s strategy or a people engaging God’s strategy. Thirty of those signs are recorded in the book “Operation Rolling Thunder Revised.” Let me give you an example of what I mean and then I’ll share what the Lord taught me about signs and wonders.
In 2003 Chuck Pierce and Dutch Sheets went on a 50 state tour and prophesied over each state. While in Washington (my state) they prophesied about Alaska how it was the alpha and omega state because and International Date Line ran through their chain of islands. In 2009 I was invited to present the mobilization strategy Operation Rolling Thunder at Freedom in Christ in North Pole Alaska. On the day I landed in Fairbanks Alaska an undersea volcano erupted. The next day as I presented the strategy to leaders in Fairbanks (mayor, fire chief, business leaders, etc.) and taught them how to form apostolic councils a 2.2 earthquake was recorded 4.2 miles south southwest of our location. Two hours after I flew out Mount Redoubt erupted. This was a volcanic occurrence on the other side of the International Date Line.
Operation Rolling Thunder (ORT) is based on Psalm 18:6-14. King David wrote this Psalm. It is all about the voice of the Lord and the conditions that occur when God’s presence shows up and He speaks. He comes with black clouds, lightning, hailstones, fire, the earth shakes and when He speaks His voice is like thunder and it scatters the enemy. So on the first day I arrive with this message the earth erupts on one side of the International Date Line. The 2.2 earthquake 4.2 miles south of us marked the primary text that day which was Isaiah 2:2 and Micah 4:1-2 which says, in the latter days the mountain of the Lord’s house will be established on top of the mountains. Then Mount Redoubt erupts marking the end of my trip. The last message I gave included 2 Samuel 5:7 which indicates Zion is a stronghold and Isaiah 4:3-6 which teaches that Zion is also a refuge. Redoubt is a French word that means stronghold or refuge.
This is what the Lord taught me about signs. Miracles are part of God’s signature (sign-nature). Whenever God’s people obey the Lord, they write history (His-story) and sometimes He will choose to give a sign as His way of putting His mark on that page of history.
God has put His mark many times on this spiritual architectural plan. It’s not my plan it is my Lords. Not only have the unusual signs in the heaven and earth followed me, but they have now followed several others who carried the same strategy. This is a mobilization strategy that recognizes three things that are critical to apostolic alignment.
First, God has already deployed apostles and prophets to almost every city. If the Church in each city made up of many local congregations would just recognized and received them they would be blessed through the operation of their gifts in their assigned territories.
Second, there is wisdom in a multitude of council. ORT facilitates the discovery and inventory of gifts in a given city as councils are initially formed representing all seven spheres. It becomes a form of gathering the elders at the gates of a city.
Third, it requires the body of Christ, local church by local church to work together in a city. Most congregations or ministries are too small to facilitate 24/7 all year long. ORT has been used to mobilize and strategically unite kingdom minded leaders and churches from Catholic to Charismatic and from Presbyterian to Pentecostal in a city and region all around the world.
These are spiritual architectural plans given by the spirit of God to help build His house of prayer for all nations. It is a strategy that empowers the Church to occupy the mountain of the Lords house giving her air superiority over the prince of the power of the air. It is critical to apostolic alignment and success in the other seven mountains. I pray God give you wisdom, courage and revelation in Jesus name.