Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.
Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.
But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
2 Peter 3:8
We are now entering into the third day (millennium) since Jesus finished His work on Earth and sat down at the right hand of the Father. Historically and prophetically, the Church has experienced the fulfillment of two of the three feasts that Israel was ordered to keep every year under the Old Covenant. These feasts were types and shadows of the New Testament Church. We have experienced Passover (salvation), Pentecost (the baptism with the Holy Spirit) and are now about to enter Tabernacles (God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit dwelling in His people in fullness, bringing the apostolic Church birthed on the Day of Pentecost to completion).
Today God is calling out and raising up a remnant to be the firstfruits of this third day Church, reviving us to spearhead the greatest move of God ever experienced on planet Earth. We have been severely tested and tried, but He is healing us and binding us up, building His character in us and equipping us for the time ahead.
Surely we were born for such a time as this. Glory to God!
In the spring of 2000 I met Miguel Escobar. Miguel is a revivalist who has ministered in over ninety nations. Since 2001 Miguel and I have ministered together numerous times and have become good friends. Some time ago I met Miguel and some other ministers in Christiansburg, Virginia, to spend some time in prayer at a Christian retreat center that was closed down for the winter. Miguel shared with me an idea he had for revival centers all over the United States.
From Christiansburg, we traveled together to minister in Newnan, Georgia. We stayed together in the home of Preston Haag. One morning, at 4:00, I was awakened, and the Lord began speaking to me about Miguel’s idea. He told me it would come to pass and that I would be a part of it. I then saw myself ministering in Germany and Miguel ministering in Switzerland. We both boarded private jets and flew to the same location in the United States to minister the next night at one of these revival centers.
The next morning, I told Miguel and Preston what the Lord had said and about my vision. A few weeks later Preston and some others started The Harvest Center in Newnan as a start to the fulfillment of this vision for revival centers.
He and some others who joined him were given the use of a store space on the main street in downtown Newnan. They had their first meeting on a Friday night and over 80 people showed up with only word-of-mouth advertising. Some couldn't get in and stood on the sidewalk outside with the door open so they could hear.
God’s presence manifested with signs, wonders and miracles, and this continued for many weeks thereafter. I have ministered there several times. The meetings have gone on until 3:00 a.m. I have seen people born again, baptized with the Holy Spirit, delivered from demons and healed. I’ve seen much gold dust there, oil running out of people’s hands and I’ve sweated oil out of my forehead, as I was leading worship. Numerous times I’ve smelled a sweet aroma come into the room and I’ve heard angels singing.
I believe these revival/training/worship centers will be much more than we have seen in Newnan so far. I see these centers becoming apostolic umbrellas, or hubs, with ministries and house churches being connected by them and many sent around the world proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom of God.
In 2004 the Lord told me to start monthly meetings in various cities that would be another step toward fulfilling Miguel’s vision of revival centers. During the last half of 2005 I had three meetings in operation. These three were Brunswick County, Wilmington and Jacksonville, all in eastern North Carolina.
The Jacksonville meeting was not growing very much, and I considered shutting it down, but the Lord spoke to me and said that I had to continue going to Jacksonville.
Robert and Ann Meadows had been coming to that meeting since the first night. They had started a church in their home in Maysville, North Carolina (between Jacksonville and New Bern) and then moved to a modular building across the road from their house.
Robert and I were both aware of a prophecy that Derek Prince had given in Jacksonville a number of years before.
PROPHECY DELIVERED BY DEREK PRINCE
SUNDAY, APRIL 6, 1975
DELIVERANCE EVANGELISTIC TEMPLE
“I have found favor with you here in eastern North Carolina. I will personally visit you. There will be a revival greater than that of the great Wales Revival at the turn of the century [20th Century]. There will be kings and leaders who will come from north and south and east and west to study the eastern North Carolina phenomenon.”
Many people in eastern North Carolina are aware of this prophecy. Some have a wait-and-see attitude about it. Others believe that God is calling out and raising up believers who will be instrumental in bringing this prophecy to pass.
Robert and I met one Monday morning at his house to talk and pray about this prophecy and about the Jacksonville meeting. The Lord instructed us to move the Jacksonville meeting to the church building across from Robert and Ann’s house (Jacob’s Well Christian Fellowship Church).
Robert had shared an open vision with me that he had seen as he was driving home one day. In a field across the road from Jacob’s Well Church he had seen a large building with acres of parking lot (he actually saw this with his physical eyes). The Lord told him this was a training center where people would come for a period of time and then go out all over the world. Another man saw this same vision and Robert’s daughter dreamed it. All three saw it independently of each other and then shared it with each other. Since then others have seen it.
As Robert and I were praying together in his living room that Monday morning, I told him that every time I thought of this vision the Lord had shown him I heard the Lord say, “Sixteen thousand people.” Robert laughed and said the Lord told him the main auditorium in the building would seat 15,000.
As I was driving back toward Wilmington on Highway 17 that afternoon, I asked the Lord, “Why did You tell me 16,000, and You told Robert 15,000?” The Lord quickly spoke to me and said there would be a thousand-seat overflow room where smaller meetings could be held.
A little farther down Highway 17 the Lord spoke to me again. He said, “The revival that Derek Prince prophesied will issue out of the three places you have started meetings in eastern North Carolina.”
In Prince’s prophecy, he said that kings and leaders would come from the north, south, east and west to study the eastern North Carolina phenomenon. I asked the Lord, “What is the phenomenon?” I thought phenomenon was a strange word for the Spirit to use in a prophetic word. Immediately He said to me, “The phenomenon is My glorious Church, built according to My blueprint and functioning according to My plan.”
Several years ago my wife and I were attending a local church that met on Sunday mornings and had cell groups that met in various homes during the week. I had hoped the cell group meetings would be times when we could practice and learn to flow in the gifts of the Spirit, ministering to one another as we were led by the Spirit to do so. However, the cell groups were very controlled by the leadership of the church. At best, they were Bible studies and social get-togethers. Bible studies and social get-togethers are good, but I had hoped for more.
During the time we attended this church, I had a night vision. I was asleep, but it was too real to have been a dream. I saw Jesus sitting on His throne. I couldn’t see His face because His head was as bright as the sun, and yet I knew He was looking at me. He said, “The (name of the church we were attending) has it backwards. They think the Church comes together on Sunday morning and breaks up into cell groups during the week, but the cell groups are the Church and they come together on Sunday morning.
A friend later pointed out to me that this is the pattern of the Jerusalem Church of the first century:
And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.
We know, from Paul’s letters, that the churches he established also met in homes.
Later, I had another night vision in which the Lord appeared to me in the same way He did in the first one. This time He said to me, “It is time to start that church.” I said, “But, Lord, I’m not a pastor.” He said, “You are an apostle.”
The next morning I asked the Lord, “What is an apostle?” I knew apostles started churches and nurtured them, but I felt there must be something else I didn’t know. He led me to 1 Corinthians 3:9-10:
For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
The word masterbuilder in Greek is architekton. It is where we get the English word architect. So, an apostle is the one with the blueprint.
Remember what the Lord told me about the phenomenon that Derek Prince prophesied for eastern North Carolina? “The phenomenon is my glorious Church, built according to My blueprint and functioning according to My plan.”
Many are looking for a revival/move of God like those of the past, but what is now happening in the beginning stages in the United States and already accelerating in other countries will go beyond anything God has done in the past, including the first-century Church. James Rutz has written a book documenting much that is going on in much of the world. The book is entitled Megashift. On page 1, he says this:
A leper is healed in the marketplace.
A paralyzed man leaps from his bed.
A small bit of food feeds a large group.
Storm clouds turn on a dime.
The Gospel is preached in one language but heard in another.
A desperate woman with a flow of blood is healed.
A demonized man chained up for years is delivered and set free.
The sound of a mighty, rushing wind is heard during a meeting of believers… yet there is no wind.
Withered limbs are restored.
The deaf hear, the blind see.
A girl is raised from the dead.
And Jesus appears in a vision to one of His chief persecutors.
Great historic events by any measure. And all have happened in the last twelve years.
After 2,000 years of people praying, “Thy kingdom come,” it has. And you are about to dip your toe into it.
On pages 26 and 27, he makes these statements:
Campus Crusade for Christ now estimates we’ll see a billion new converts in the next ten years. My numbers project a net growth of the Body of Christ at a billion and a half. But any way you slice it, the Kingdom is expanding at a heart-pounding pace.
Within a few years, at current rates, the character of whole nations will be transformed. Majorities will become minorities and vice versa.
As national strongholds of sin are dismantled and pits of misery cleaned up, the true purpose of God for many nations will be revealed. We are in the early stages of a total transformation of our planet.
On page 25, he says there are 175,000 new believers born into the Kingdom every day throughout the world!
I don’t know about you, but that makes me want to shout! And it confirms everything I have been prophesying, proclaiming and teaching.
As I was pondering all of this, the Lord began to show me the reason His remnant in the western world appears to be small and growing slowly. He is preparing a people in the western world to go and teach those in nations where the Kingdom is expanding so rapidly and to be the firstfruits of that expansion in the western world. This preparation is a process that takes time.
We in the western world are not going to be left out. We will once again be at the forefront of what He is doing in other nations as has been the case in history. Only this time we will get it right like never before, having been through a process of maturing unlike any other group in history, fulfilling Paul’s statement in Romans 8:18-19:
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
While God can and is raising up and bringing to maturity servant leaders in other nations, I believe He is also preparing a remnant in the western world for the task of discipling around the world.
I believe the revival centers that Miguel talked about and the vision Robert Meadows and others have seen in that cotton field near Maysville, North Carolina will be catalysts, becoming apostolic umbrellas, or hubs, connecting many house churches, where the five-fold functions mentioned in Ephesians 4:11 will be in operation, equipping saints for the work of the ministry. I believe this is a pattern, or picture, of what the third-day Church will look like structurally. This will not be another denomination, organization or even association, but an organism whose movements are orchestrated by the Holy Spirit and whose structure is built by Jesus Himself.
While there is a certain amount of organizational structure to this emerging Church, I believe it is more about the Kingdom of God coming within us as individual believers and as one corporate man, the collective Body of Christ. We will be one with each other and one in Him as He manifests Himself fully in us, causing us to be not only His representatives on Earth, but possessing His nature and character, being carriers of His blessing and His goodness/glory, manifesting the Kingdom of God on Earth as it is in Heaven. Glory to God!
We have crossed the threshold of the day (millennium) when we will become the glorious Church (Ephesians 5:25-27) that Jesus will present to Himself as a perfected Bride. We must lay down all traditions and ideas of men and build according to God’s blueprint. For most of the last two days (millennia) of Church history, the Church has been focused on doing church. It is time to focus on being the Church, which will determine how we do church.
Every move of God/revival/awakening, every outpouring of the Holy Spirit, has been but a stepping stone to the day we are now entering. As we come to a better understanding of Passover and Pentecost and as we move into Tabernacles, I believe we will see God’s power manifest in greater measure than ever before, as it issues out of His nature and character being developed in us fully, bringing us to perfection. Glory to God!
God continues to connect me with others that share this vision. As an apostle and prophet, part of the ministry He has chosen me for is to find and connect others of like mind. For some, what I am seeing is confirmation. For others, it is a clarification of what they have been experiencing but perhaps not totally understanding. I am in awe of how the Spirit is speaking the same things to so many at the same time. There is definitely a remnant company of believers coming into the unity of the faith, and that is incredibly exciting.
There are already house churches meeting in perhaps every city in the United States. In Megashift, Rutz writes of a meeting in a gymnasium somewhere in the United States, bringing together a network of ninety-three house churches. However, many of the house churches currently meeting in the United States are doing so independently of each other. God is about to have apostles like me find and connect those who will embrace the vision.
Perhaps there are also ministries and existing churches that God has ordained to become some of these apostolic hubs. However, for the most part, I think we should work independent of traditional churches and ministries.
I am just beginning to see this vision come together in the United States, and already the Lord is having me focus on other nations as well. I have a good friend, Richard Waldhour, who has recently moved to Costa Rica. Richard and I are communicating about starting house churches in Costa Rica.
This is a vision whose time has come. I have prophesied it for several years, and suddenly God is putting it all together. He has been preparing and positioning apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers for such a time as this, and I suspect we are about to find it hard to keep up with all He is doing.
Surely we were born for such a time as this! Surely we were born for this time!
All glory to God! Bless His name forever! Hallelujah!