Thursday, November 3, 2016

The Cubs Win - A Prophetic Picture

Before moving to Texas in 1961 (immediately after Hurricane Carla had ravaged Galveston), I lived in Northeast Iowa and like my dad, I rooted for the only team that counted - the Chicago Cubs.  I treasure the baseball signed by Ernie Banks. I was thrilled, while attending a church conference in 1985 to attend a Cubs game in Wrigley.  I've been one of those that "always pulled" for the Cubs through the worst of years.

In 1945, my mom and dad were married.  They remember that last pennant won by the team. In a previous blog entitled Two Visitations I wrote the following:
The main part of what I'm sharing will actually refer to the reference regarding a whirlwind or hurricane at the end of the visitation. I believe it confirms and ties together with Chuck Pierce's word regarding the wind being released now that has been held in heaven for the last eight years.

I also referred to a word that he gave to me earlier this year: "I am bringing my people out of Babylon." We are entering the season of restoration, victory and celebration. Last night, I believe that we saw another indicator of this victory and of the wind when the Chicago Cubs won their first pennant after a 71 year wait. The exiles started returning from Babylon after the 70th year. There were tremendous celebrations and restored hope in the faces of the players and fans as they won last night in Chicago, the Windy City.
And those celebrations were nothing compared to those last night as the Cubs broke a 108 year
drought (with a rain delay) by winning the World Series with a double (portion) in the tenth (testimony) inning of the seventh (complete) game of the series. They turned around a certain defeat (in a turn around year) by winning three games (a three-fold cord) in a row. Ben Zobrist, the most valuable player and a devout follower of Jesus hit that double in the tenth which led to the victory. He graduated from Dallas Baptist in the prophet state of Texas where the Lord has declared for this new year that it is a time to "Awake, Emerge and Plunder." By the way, don't miss the gathering (called by the same name) in San Marcos, Texas on November 11-12, 2016. Go to the Glory of Zion website for more info. 

The Cubs roared back like a hurricane. Victory was achieved. Celebrations are in order, and just in case you missed it - I'm really talking about the Kingdom of God. Let the winds blow!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

A Prophetic First Fruits Weekend

Don't forget this word given by the Lord!

Have I not declared it and therefore is it not so that Prince of Peace House of Prayer is a key. I hold this key in My hands and in this very hour I am using it to open up the doors of the courts in order that my decrees and plans can and will be released in earth. Do not take this lightly for I have asked others to do this but they did not hear me or they refused my offer. You have not and therefore know, that this day, I am turning you in my hand and the door is opening.

This Friday (November 4) will be our monthly First Fruits worship service here at Prince of Peace House of Prayer.  This morning, during prayers with intercessors across the State of Texas, I heard the Lord declare that "This weekend would be a First Fruits offering for the State of Texas and the Nation."

We will meet at 7 PM, Friday evening, November 4.  We will celebrate our entrance into the month of Cheshvan. Cheshvan is the eighth month of the Jewish calendar and linked with the tribe of Manasseh.  

“Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: “For God has made me forget all my toil and all my father’s house” (Genesis 41:51).

Manasseh means “causing to forget.” I believe the Lord is causing us to look back over the last year and allowing Him to flood us with His grace, strength and love. We will forget the turmoil, the pain, the division, the rhetoric and the "flood of anger, fear and uncertainty" that we have felt regarding terrorism, the economy, racial unrest, the elections, etc. This month marks not only the beginning month but the ending month of the Great Flood. GOD WILL CROWN THIS YEAR with His love.

Allow the fragrance and strength of God to permeate your soulish nature. This is a month to smell the awe of God and a month when the fragrance of the Holy Spirit begins to emanate so a move of the Holy Spirit can begin.

Isn't it interesting, as the Lord was pointing out to me this morning, that He is preparing in this house
(which is a key in His hand) a First Fruit offering for the State and Nation.  Two ministries are coming this weekend of First Fruits.  Both of them approached us to be here this weekend. 

The first was Dennis Jernigan.  He will be releasing his new album "First Love" at Prince of Peace on Friday evening. The Lord is reminding Texas, the Nation, you and me that He is drawing us close to Him.  He is re-igniting our first love for Him as He demonstrates His passionate and extravagant love for us.

Secondly, Arthur Burk of Sapphire Leadership Group contacted us and asked if they could present a seminar on "How to be a Noble
Subject when Your Government is Dysfunctional."  The Lord is mantling us, not only with His love, but with His nobility.  We are citizens of heaven.  We are kings and priests of His kingdom. The Lord declared this to me in my previous blog: 
"Don't linger. Don't wait. We have a great adventure ahead of us. I'm taking you to places
you've never been. I'm walking with you into the great season of your life. Don't be afraid to let go of some things that you cherish. They have prepared you for this journey, but come on - let's walk!"

As I walked I saw a whole new set of armor placed on me. I don't know how to describe it. It is brilliant in color. It glows as crystal but looks pure like gold. It is strong and impenetrable.

He said, "Wherever you walk you will strengthen the land. You will release light into the atmosphere no matter how dark. There is a troop with you. You are not alone. They are armored as you are for that has been your desire. We walk together. My kingdom is here. My will is done."
We are loved.  We are mantled with nobility.  Let us walk with God! He's turning us like a key in His hand to unlock the destiny of a state and nation.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Two Visitations

The following experiences or visitations took place as I was on the flight back from Washington DC at All Tribes DC on October 21, 2016 and at the Heartland Apostolic Prayer Network (HAPN) gathering in Oklahoma on October 25-29, 2016.

The first part refers back to a pair of dreams that I had had almost 20 years ago where the Lord made it clear that I was running ahead of him and moving in my own strategies. The time has changed.

The main part of what I'm sharing will actually refer to the reference regarding a whirlwind or hurricane at the end of the visitation. I believe it confirms and ties together with Chuck Pierce's word regarding the wind being released now that has been held in heaven for the last eight years.

I also referred to a word that he gave to me earlier this year: "I am bringing my people out of Babylon." We are entering the season of restoration, victory and celebration. Last night, I believe that we saw another indicator of this victory and of the wind when the Chicago Cubs won their first pennant after a 71 year wait. The exiles started returning from Babylon after the 70th year. There were tremendous celebrations and restored hope in the faces of the players and fans as they won last night in Chicago, the Windy City.

With Jesus (October 21, 2016) at 33,000 feet.
It's been a long time but I'm walking with Jesus on the seashore of Galilee. We've been here before. I remember him stopping as I walked on. He was stooping down and picking up rocks- challenging me to come back to Him rather than journeying on alone.

But this time I was the one who stopped. I was wanting to linger. I was wanting to toss rocks in the water, but He was walking ahead. He turned to me and beckoned me to follow.

"Don't linger. Don't wait. We have a great adventure ahead of us. I'm taking you to places you've never been. I'm walking with you into the great season of your life. Don't be afraid to let go of some things that you cherish. They have prepared you for this journey, but come on - let's walk!"

As I walked I saw a whole new set of armor placed on me. I don't know how to describe it. It is brilliant in color. It glows as crystal but looks pure like gold. It is strong and impenetrable.

He said, "Wherever you walk you will strengthen the land. You will release light into the atmosphere no matter how dark. There is a troop with you. You are not alone. They are armored as you are for that has been your desire. We walk together. My kingdom is here. My will is done."

He is embracing me and all of His life force is encompassing me. Not only am I feeling strength, passion and newness but all infirmity is melting away. I breath it out from me. I speak it into the atmosphere. Holy. Beautiful. Whole. I'm to commune with Him.

I communed on the plane by eating cookies. Beautiful food. "Taste and see that the Lord is good (beautiful)." “Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him! Fear the LORD, you his godly people, for those who fear him will have all they need. Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the LORD will lack no good thing.” Psalm ‭34:8-10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I drank red wine which the flight attendant gave to me with no cost. "Come and eat. Come and drink with no cost." ““Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink— even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine or milk— it’s all free!” ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭55:1‬ ‭NLT‬‬

As I ate and drank I felt impurities leaving me. It is His body. It is His blood. He strengthens and cleanses me.

As we walk on in the visitation, we go up an incline as though on steps but there is no exertion on my part. With each step I feel more strength. I briefly look nostalgically behind me. He smiles at me knowing that was is behind me has disappeared. Not gone for it has set the stage, but disappeared for it no longer is my story. The story is being written as we walk. A new chapter with each step. Each step is a victory.

Each step I feel something hitting me. It seems as though they are arrows or spears, but they do not prosper against me. I see trials and turbulence around me but it vanishes as Jesus and I and the troop walk on.

He declares, "Every step you take is a possession of the Kingdom being taken away from the enemy."

I notice for the first time that we are surrounded by a host of angel warriors. They have always been there and they will walk with us. We are together like a whirlwind, a hurricane of God's glory and presence moving across the land.

I realized that I'm sitting in Row 12 (Governmental) Seat A (Apostolic) on Flight 2237.

“You have made a wide path for my feet to keep them from slipping.” (2 Samuel‬ ‭22:37‬ ‭NLT)‬‬

“Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’” (Matthew‬ ‭22:37‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

“For the time has come for this prophecy about me to be fulfilled: ‘He was counted among the rebels.’ Yes, everything written about me by the prophets will come true.”” (Luke‬ ‭22:37‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

This is overwhelming! O Lord Jesus! What was so amazing about this time with him was this. We walked together. We grasped each other's hand. I felt his arm around me. Thank you Jesus. I love you!

Later as I revisited this visitation I realized that we were in the eye of the storm and literally, with Jesus, a part of the storm. The wind and we are as one.

Tom Schlueter

Here is Chucks' word:

"For the last eight years I have been blowing winds in the heavens. Winds have been stirring and stirring and stirring in My heavens.  But now those winds are released to come into the earth realm.  What has been stirring in Heaven will now blow in the earth.  Brace yourself!  Brace yourself!  Brace yourself! Brace yourself!  For the winds that will now blow are the winds I’ve been holding back over the last eight years.  Because I’ve been holding them back and you’ve been asking for them to blow earlier, NOW I will release them. I am acting on how you have sought Me in the last eight years. 

"These winds will begin to gather an army of those that have been faithful and those that will now gather into a place they didn’t even know they belonged.  The winds of adversity will now produce an army (of whom) people will say, ‘It is the LORD’s army that has changed the course of history!’ Tonight, and beginning this week, you will be bringing the turning point winds into the earth and rearranging the course of what is to become. Nations will begin now in their realignment with other nations, but I will blow off the façade that has been holding you captive. Because you have gathered here in this turning point state, now the turning point winds will come.  What I’ve held back for eight years, I must now release.  What goes on through May (as you begin to honor Me, and walk with Me, and gather with Me) will create a nation that has been covered over by the enemy’s hand. The winds that now blow in the earth will cause the hand of the enemy that has been controlling the movement of strategy in the earth in this nation to be seen. No longer will the enemy have an upper hand in this land!"

Chuck D. Pierce

While at HAPN he visited me again. 

October 28, 2016

In his book, Beautiful Outlaw, John Eldridge asked what motive or word would you use to describe Jesus.  The first word that came to my heart was "diamond." The Lord told me that He has many facets. Beauty. Brilliance. Each brings a new view or reflection of who He is. The diamond reflects love but also the sharpness to cut class. At that I realized that the armor, which I could not describe, in my first visitation was made of diamond. We are armored with Him.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Righteous Heaven Approved the Solemn Appeal

Almost a year ago on October 24, 2014, I posted a blog regarding an "Appeal to Heaven."  You can read it again at this link: Appeal to Heaven

Last week as we were finishing up our vacation in New England, Kay and I journeyed to the site of the "first shots" of the American revolution at Lexington and Concord. One of the places I desired to visit was the Hancock-Clarke Home in Lexington. Most people bypass this significant location in Lexington.

Jonas Clarke (1730 – 1805), was an American clergyman and political leader who had a significant and passionate role in the American Revolution and in shaping the 1780 Massachusetts and the United States Constitutions.  His pulpit, like many others, was the site of rallying calls to freedom.

Hancock-Clarke House
Clarke graduated from Harvard College in 1752 and became the third pastor of the Church of Christ in Lexington, Massachusetts on May 19, 1755. He married Lucy Bowes. His wife's cousin was John Hancock. This home was first owned by Hancock's grandfather, the Rev. John Hancock Sr.  The Clarke home was the destination of Paul Revere's ride on April 18, 1775 since Samuel Adams and John Hancock were staying with Rev Clarke. These men were sought after by the British.

Massachusetts Tree Flag
As my wife Kay and I walked through the home, there was a strong sense of God's presence.  It was a home that was filled with the Lord and a family of twelve children. That residue lingered in the rooms. A close examination of the flag on the flagpole out front will reveal what is called the Massachusetts Tree Flag.  It was designed after the "Appeal to Heaven" flag with an evergreen tree in the top left field of white.

When we journeyed a few blocks away to Lexington Green where the first shots of the revolution were fired, we read the inscription on the monument dedicated to those who fell that day.

This is the entire inscription on the monument on the Lexington Green. After further research I discovered that the inscription was written by the Rev. Jonas Clarke, the predominant voice of liberty in Lexington. It was written 24 years after that day in Lexington and 16 years after the end of the war. Please note the "highlighted" phrase!

Sacred to Liberty & the Rights of mankind!!! 
The Freedom & Independence of America, Sealed & defended with the blood of her sons.
This Monument is erected 
By the inhabitants of Lexington
Under the patronage and at the expense of
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts,
To the memory of their Fellow Citizens,
The Inscription
Who fell on this field, the first victims to the
Sword of British Tyranny and Oppression
On the morning of the ever memorable Nineteenth of April, An. Dom. 1775,
The Die was cast !!!
The Blood of these Martyrs
In the cause of their God and their Country
Was the Cement of the Union of these States, then Colonies, and gave the spring to the Spirit, Firmness And Resolution of their Fellow Citizens,
They rose as one man to Revenge their Brethren’s Blood, and at the Point of the Sword, to Assert
And defend their Native Rights,
They Nobly dar’d to be Free!!
The contest was long, Bloody and Affecting. 
Righteous Heaven Approved the Solemn Appeal 
Victory crowned their Arms; and
The Peace, Liberty, and Independence of the United States of America was their Glorious Reward.
Built in the year 1799.

The Evergreen Tree
The Spirit of the Lord moved over me as I read the inscription again: "Righteous Heaven Approved the Solemn Appeal." I called my wife Kay over to the monument to read it.  As she did, she declared to me: "Do you see what's next to it?"

The evergreen tree!  

Let's us boldly make our Appeal To Heaven in this hour. God will faithfully approve of our appeal as we bow before Him and trust in Him alone for our victory. 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Texas: We are the Gadites

A couple of years ago, while at Glory of Zion, the Lord had me pick up (randomly) a painting of the tribes (they were given as offering gifts).  My tribe was Gad (honestly I was hoping for Judah or Issachar).  But as I turned it over and read the description, my heart leapt.

The Tribe of Gad

Gad was the seventh son of Jacob and Zilpah, Leah’s handmaid. Gad means 'troop/soldier" or "good fortune." Mazel tov! It also meant a "camp” or a "company" as in a troop. Leah's seven sons made up a troop. What good fortune this was!

Jacob's blessing in Genesis 49:19 is, "Gad will be plundered by marauding bands, but he will turn and plunder them." In other words, if you strike at me I will strike back and win. Moses' blessing likened Gad to a lion. In Deuteronomy 33:20-21 he declared "Blessed is the one who enlarges Gad's territory! Gad is poised there like a lion to tear off an arm or a head. The people of Gad took the best land for themselves; a leader's share was assigned to them. When the leaders of the people were assembled, they carried out the Lord's justice and obeyed his regulations for Israel. Gad was a tribe that raised cattle and sheep. They saw the land east of the Jordan as being the best for their cattle. Since they were men of war they were also best suited to protect the land from the eastern enemies, Moab and Aram (Syria).

In Chronicles 12:8-14 the tribe of Gad is described as "men of valor, men of war fit for the battle, who could handle shield and buckler, whose faces were like the faces of lions and were swift as the roe upon the mountains...captains of the host: the least of them commanded a hundred men and greatest, a thousand". Gad together with Ruben and Simeon were stationed on the south side of the tabernacle, Gad was faithful to carry out their pledge to side with Israel and fight on their behalf when needed and to remain in unity with the rest of the tribes of Israel.

Gad is connected to the sixth month, Elul (August-September) in the Hebrew calendar. Tradition says Gad was born and died on the 1Oth of this month. In Jewish history this was and is a month for repentance and forgiveness. This month followed the previous two months where God dealt with the sins of the people in the wilderness at Sinai. Moses sought the favor of the Lord on behalf of the people because the Lord was ready to destroy them because of their unfaithfulness and idolatry (Gen 32-33). The people repented and God forgave them and made a new covenant with them.

This is a month when "the King is in the field!" His light shines on us all. He moves among his people and loves for us to approach him. This is a time where he lavishes his mercy and forgiveness on us. This was the time biblically when Moses approached God for the third time on Mt Sinai for God to rewrite His covenant tables.

The anointings for the month include:

  • The ability to gather a company of warriors
  • To war and have victory over ones enemies
  • To remain aligned in war
  • Leadership
  • To receive the forgiveness of God
  • To walk in the light and presence of the Lord
  • The traditional symbol for God is a tent and the banner color was grey or silver. The stone could have been the grey-banded agate.
I declared: “This is me.”  This morning (August 4, 2015) as I was preparing for our upcoming Texas State Gathering at Global Spheres Center in Corinth, I opened today’s posting from “Elijah List.”  My heart leapt again and the Lord declared that He was setting Texas aside as a troop.  We are like the Gadites. And it is God’s timing that a week after Texas gathers, and as we draw near to Rosh Hashanah) that we enter the Hebrew month of Elul which is the month of Gad and “the Lion in the field.”

Here is the posting from “Elijah List.”

"When the Gadites Rise the Goliaths Will Fall" by Jennifer LeClaire, Fort Lauderdale, FL

"When the Gadites rise the Goliaths will fall." I heard the Holy Spirit speak those words Tuesday night after I hung up from our Appeal to Heaven prayer call.

We're praying out the prophecies over the nation and we were praying out a prophetic word Tim Sheets released, part of which read: "As Esther, they will rewrite them by My statutes. Governors of the culture will now come forth. Remnant warriors will now emerge who have the heart of David, the wisdom of Solomon and the tenacity of Paul."

While I was praying through that part of the prophecy, the Holy Spirit started showing me the Gadites. I began to pray for the mighty warring Gadites to rise and take out the Goliaths. Again, when I hung up I heard the Holy Spirit say, "When the Gadites rise the Goliaths will fall."

Who Are the Gadites?

The Gadites came from the tribe of Gad. Gad was the seventh son of Jacob. His name means "troop." The Bible describes the Gadites as "men able to bear shield and sword, to shoot with a bow, and who were skillful in battle, who went to war" (1 Chronicles 5:18). When Jacob blessed his 12 sons before he died, he prophesied, "Gad shall be attacked by raiding bands, but he shall raid at their heels" (Genesis 49:19). In other words, it looked like Gad had lost the fight but he made a comeback. Isn't that what it looks like in America even now? (Photo via Wikipedia)

We find another mention of the Gadites in 1 Chronicles 12:8: "From the Gadites mighty men of valor, men of the war battalion, who could handle shield and sword, whose faces were like the faces of lions, and who were as swift as the gazelles on the mountains, separated themselves for David in the stronghold in the wilderness" (MEV). Remember, it was the Gadites who stood on the side of righteousness with David amid Absalom's great rebellion. The Gadites are the ones who will stand strong amid the Great Falling Away we're seeing in the Church even now.

Matthew Henry's Commentary describes the Gadites this way: "They were able-bodied men, men of incredible swiftness, not to fly from, but to fly upon, the enemy, and to pursue the scattered forces. In this they were as swift as the roes upon the mountains, so that no man could escape from them; and yet they had faces like the faces of lions, so that no man could out-fight them. They were disciplined men, trained up to military exercises; they could handle shield and buckler, use both offensive and defensive weapons... They were daring men, that could break through the greatest difficulties. What enemies those were that they met with in the valleys, when they had passed Jordan, does not appear; but they put them to flight with their lion-like faces, and pursued them with matchless fury ..."

Goliath Must Fall

The Gadites had faces like lions. I like that. It means the fierceness and boldness showed on their faces, intimidating their enemies. Proverbs 28:1 says, "The wicked flee when no man pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion."

How bold is a lion? They aren't called the king of the jungle for nothing. The Bible calls the lion "strongest among beasts" (see Proverbs 30:29-30). Amos asked, "The lion has roared; who will not fear?" (Amos 3:8) You can hear a lion roar from miles and miles away. And Peter warns us to, "Be sober and watchful, because your adversary the devil walks around as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour" (1 Peter 5:8). Of course, Jesus is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah (see Rev. 5:5). (Photo via Jennifer LeClaire, Charisma Magazine)

Goliath, on the other hand, was just an uncircumcised Philistine. Unlike the Gadites, Goliath was not in covenant with God. Goliath could not claim the promises of God. Goliath may look big—and he is—but he is no match for the Gadites. In your life and in this nation, Goliaths have risen up to war against us. But take heart. When the Gadites rise, the Goliaths will fall. Rise up now, bold as a lion, and decree and declare your victory over Goliath. Stand for truth amid the rebellion! It's time to roar! Decree and declare that the Goliaths attacking this nation will fall, in Jesus' name!

Used by Permission from Charisma Magazine.

Jennifer LeClaire
News Editor at Charisma Media,
Founder of Jennifer LeClaire Ministries

Jennifer LeClaire is senior editor of Charisma. She is also director of Awakening House of Prayer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, co-founder of, a leader in the New Breed Revival Network, and author of several books, including The Next Great Move of God: An Appeal to Heaven for Spiritual Awakening; Mornings With the Holy Spirit, Listening Daily to the Still, Small Voice of God; The Making of a Prophet and Satan's Deadly Trio: Defeating the Deceptions of Jezebel, Religion and Witchcraft.

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Sunday, July 26, 2015


A powerful prophetic word and picture for now!


By Doug Stringer

In April I received the news from my doctor that I had stage 4 lymphoma. My aggressive chemotherapy treatments began on June 16, right after I returned from serving as coordinator of The Response South Carolina in Charleston.  Surrounded throughout this time by the love and prayers of so many friends, my family and I are so thankful that the adverse side effects have been minimal.

One thing I have not escaped, however, is the loss of hair. It first became obvious on Friday, July 3, as I was preparing for a prayer and fasting event for our country the next day.  By the time Saturday evening came around, I had lost most of the hair on my head. But the Lord has a way of taking these kinds of circumstances and using them as “prophetic dramas,” where we live out in the natural a word He is giving us in the spiritual. Our life experiences then become a life message that is bigger than ourselves, a message beyond the circumstances we’ve been through. We overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.   

After realizing the hair loss was a reality that Friday night, I felt the Lord speak to my spirit. “The eagle is balding,” I said to Lisa. I was half joking, trying to make light of things. As Proverbs 17:22 says, “A merry heart does good, like medicine.” Yet I knew the Lord was also placing something in my spirit that He wanted me to share the next day.

Our National Symbol

America’s national bird is the bald eagle, representing strength and courage. They have incredible eyesight, with the ability to spot predator attacks on their nests from miles away. According to the book The Eagle Story, published by Bill Gothard and the Institute in Basic Life Principles: How to Conquer Habits, “The eagle has exceptionally sharp vision because it has two ‘fovea,’ compared to only one in the human eye. The cones in an eagle’s fovea are small and tightly grouped, allowing the eagle to see very small details from extreme distances. For example, an eagle can spot an object as small as a rabbit from a distance of up to two miles!”

The book goes on to explain that the eagle has two sets of eyelids: conventional eyelids as well as a pair of clear eyelids called nictitate membranes, which can be shut for protection while not inhibiting the eagle’s ability to see. While some experts say that no creature can stare at the sun without going blind, others argue that the extra eyelids on the eagle allow it to look into the sun with no damage. Regardless, when feeling weak and weary, with their eyesight dimming from age, eagles will soar toward the sun to rejuvenate themselves.  This is what Scripture speaks of when it says, “But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).

A few days before the Lord began speaking to me about the eagle, one of our intercessor friends and her husband were awakened in the night by the sound of an eagle’s cry coming from the alarm of a cell phone that was not even turned on. She prayed about what God was saying to them, then wrote to me after they heard about what I shared at the July 4 meeting:  “The eagle represents America,” she said, adding that it also stands for rational things, instruction in truths, renewal, resurrection, the prophetic, leaders, seeing clearly, and wisdom. “We believe your personal battle parallels the battle for America.”

The Roots of Freedom

How disheartening it has been for so many of us who have prayed and cried out for our nation to see the highest court in the land setting itself up as god in the house of God. These are the people we trust to interpret the law, yet they have totally re-defined the nation’s constitution in a manner so far from what our Founding Fathers intended. They have crossed the line, assuming to dictate to God, the highest of all authorities, what is law and what is not law. Truth is truth, no matter who tries to change it.

Our nation’s first president, George Washington, said in his first inaugural address, “We have God to thank for America’s birthday!” Then he said, “No People can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand, which conducts the Affairs of men more than the People of the United States. Every step, by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation, seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency.” How things have changed.

President Ronald Reagan said this: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

Like our Founding Fathers, Ronald Reagan understood that freedom naturally decays as societies expand unless people of principle defend it. That tendency has been true at every point in human history and always will be. Government has the necessary role of defending our liberty, free speech, the right to property, but virtue can become a vice when it attempts too much. We must be watchful to ensure that the government’s good intentions don’t become the overreach that becomes tyranny.  

We’ve recently seen the tyranny of overreach from the highest court of the land, so we now appeal to the greatest courts of heaven, to the most Supreme Being –the Creator of the heavens and the earth, unto whom every knee shall bow and every tongue confess. Jesus Himself is the one we fix our eyes on. Though at times we feel weak, we know that when we wait upon the Lord, He will renew our strength. We know that when we fix our eyes on the brightness of the Son of God Himself that we will not to be blinded, but we will come back and be awakened as a Church to impact the soul of our nation.

United to Save the Nation

Shortly after leaving the July 4th prayer gathering, we received numerous encouraging messages from people who were touched by this word and sensed it was a word in season. One person after leaving the meeting wrote to say that it was an uncanny confirmation when they saw the headline banner on the front page of the Houston Chronicle that read, ‘Long Live The Bald Eagle...Our national symbol Is on the rebound’.” The article accompanying the headline read, “A nation unites to save the bald eagles”. The same thing can happen to our nation; it can experience awakening and revival, but only if the Church unites under Christ.

A few days later, I went to a hospital in Clearlake to see and pray for a young man who is also battling cancer. As we arrived and walked down the hallway, they turned and saw Lisa and I through the large waiting room windows. Just as one of them exclaimed, “The Eagle has landed” some of his family in the waiting room suddenly heard the loud shriek of an eagle and looked up to see a program on the television about bald eagles. Some of the family had heard me share at the July 4th prayer gathering about regaining our strength as the soaring eagles. They personally received this as another confirmation and encouragement for them personally.

In 2011, Houston hosted The Response, a day of fasting and prayer for our nation, at the request of the Governor of Texas. As of this writing, we have helped facilitate The Response prayer gatherings on behalf of the Governors of Louisiana, and South Carolina; and are working on gatherings in several more states. 

Who would have thought The Response South Carolina on June 13th would gather the Church in South Carolina to pray in unity just four days before the tragedy at Mother Emanuel AME Church?  The initial reaction of many who participated in that prayer gathering was disbelief that this would happen after so many came to repent and pray for their state and their nation. Yet, as we began to engage in conversation with the pastors and intercessors there, we were reminded that God’s timing is perfect. 

Many leaders of various racial and denominational backgrounds in the Charleston area believe The Response was a providential gathering as we crossed denominational, racial and generational barriers to meet at the Cross of Christ together in Prayer, Worship, and Fasted-ness for our nation. Who would have know what horrific tragedy would take place just four days later at Mother Emanuel AME Church? In fact, we did not initially intend to hold the gathering in Charleston, but it turned out to be God’s providence. Thousands of Christians united after the tragic shooting in Charleston to become a coat of many colors, standing up for their brothers and sisters, unlike other cities where we’ve seen riots break loose. Even when the outside agitators came, the Church in that city became an example for the rest of the nation. From the leadership of the AME denomination to the local congregations, the Church of Charleston sent a message to all of America on forgiveness, healing, and hope.

Of course, we only built on a foundation laid by generations of prayers and intercession that had gone before, but God allowed us to be part of a catalytic moment and to see an answer to the prayers of reconciliation and unity we had prayed just days before. The Church comes in great numbers, linked arm in arm, in authentic love and unity. What the enemy intended for evil, God is turning into opportunities for good, because the Church of Charleston and South Carolina is demonstrating intentional love through unity, forgiveness and healing.

Unity is what God desires for His Church across America, especially now as we see the erosion and unraveling of so many of our moral foundations. I’m not talking about lowest common denominator unity, but unity in Christ. Authentic Unity is not Uniformity, but Unity that comes from our Unique diversity, yet common relationship in Christ and His Word. He desires for His Church to come together and soar above the many distractions that keep us divided. 

A New Generation

True intercession is not just hiding in the prayer closet. It’s standing in the gap between the living and the dead, like Moses and Aaron, as they grabbed the censers of incense (symbolic of intercession) and ran to stand in front of those who were perishing, begging for God to stop the plague of sin. They cried out for mercy, for God to move on behalf of their people. Likewise, many of you have prayed, some of you for decades, crying out in intercession, “God, stop the plague of sin! Stop the lies of the enemy over this nation!” God is hearing your cry. He hears the cries of His people, and He is still on the throne. He didn’t bring us to such a time as this to leave us hanging.
There is a cleansing taking place. Many pastors we’ve looked up to and leaders in politics and business are falling and failing. But in the midst of the cleansing, God is raising up a new generation of Samuels, Esthers, and Ruths, a generation of Deborahs, Daniels, and Josephs. They are a new, prophetic generation of righteousness. Just as God exposed the sins of Hophni and Phineas and raised up Samuel as a righteous judge and voice of truth in his generation, so is He now going to expose unrighteous judges and raise up a new generation of judiciary. God is raising up prophetic voices who are not just prophesying for their own self-adulation and their own gain, but because they fear God and seek His Kingdom first.

When the Lion Roars, The Eagles will Soar!

On July 24th, while speaking at the 60 years of ministry celebration banquet for Bishop Roy Kossie, Jr, I shared that when the lions roar, the eagles will soar. I envisioned that when the a lion roars in the jungle, all the animals listen, the birds take flight, and eagles soar. We need the aged lions to roar again, stirring up the church, and provoking even the weary eagles to take flight and regain their strength. The Lion of Judah has released a resounding roar from His Holy Habitation, awakening the eagles of the church, calling them to action (Rev. 25:30-31, Jeremiah 25:30-31). These eagles must soar towards the light and hope of the SON if they are to make an impact and unite to see Awakening in the Church and Revival in the nation. We are a generation that needs strength to come into our destiny. Only the brightness of His presence will reveal the greater reality and greater authority God wields. When we fix our eyes on Jesus, we can soar above our weakness and renew our strength. Then we can fulfill God’s call and destiny in our lives and nation. God still has plans for America, if we as the Church will unite to His purposes.

We cannot be informed only by what we see and hear on the news. We cannot let the circumstances around us dictate who we are. God has the final word.  Who will we believe? I choose to believe the word of the Lord. He never waivers. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

One in a Thousand

There is a spiritual cancer in America. Many leaders are experiencing an attack in the natural realm that mirrors the spiritual state of the nation. But I believe for many the sickness is a lie of the devil to distract them and the Church from the spiritual war that rages right now.

There are those in governmental leadership who still recognize a higher authority. Some bold and courageous men and women are rising up to speak into the very core of what’s happening in our nation—like those even in government who are not afraid to say, “Our nation needs prayer!”
Let us not forget, however, that our nation will only be restored to its God- ordained destiny by the Church uniting in intercession (and action). When Abraham cried out for Sodom, he pleaded with God to spare the city if there were 10 righteous people in it. Various commentaries have different estimates of what the population of Sodom was at the time of Abraham. I know there are still righteous men and women in our land, but even if there are only one in 1,000, the church must still unite for the nation. Church, you and I are the hope of Christ to the multitudes who are shipwrecked in the sea of despair and in a tumultuous world. We are God’s chosen ambassadors, to be the tangible expression of Jesus, to demonstrate truth in love, a love the world does not understand. It is not a love that tramples the sacred blood of Jesus, but a love that shares the truth uncompromisingly in the spirit of grace and mercy. Only then can those who hate and oppose what we stand for see the beauty of His Holiness and the Glory Due His Name.

As I have been writing this article, several of my sons in the faith have messaged me saying God has given them a scripture for me during their times of prayer. That scripture is Malachi 4:2, “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings.”

The SON of righteousness is rising, and He will bring healing to the nation.

Even as the eagle in its time of weakness regains its strength by soaring toward the Sun, we the Church—and the nation—in our time of need must fix our eyes on the SON and soar together toward the brightness of His presence. As we fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2), we can believe for awakening in the Church in America and for revival to spread throughout the land.

As the nation unites to save its national bird, the bald eagle, the question we must ask is this: Will the church unite to save the bald eagle nation? Or, in other words: Will the church have a heart awakening, so we can be conduits of revival that will impact the soul of our nation?