It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Gal. 5:1
We are in a time when people across the globe are declaring ‘Freedom!’ In this scripture the word ‘freedom’ comes from Greek origin meaning unrestrained, exempt from obligation, free born, as in a citizen not a slave. This scripture has offered truth and encouragement to Christians for almost 2000 years. The spiritual truth of freedom has inspired people to move into emotional freedom, governmental freedom, and financial freedom.  Once free we innately desire to see others free. This idea is instilled in the US Declaration of Independence and the constitution. It is infused in the hearts of many believers in America and other nations. 

In America we just celebrated the birthday of the USA, an annual tradition with flags and parades, yet there is an emerging cry for freedom in this nation. Here and in many other nations we have experienced an erosion of the idea. The world, especially the western world, has been going one direction for decades and very rapidly so for the past decade. There has been an increasing reliance on secular governmental oversight at the expense of freedom. The slow infringement on spiritual and cultural freedom has been like the frog in the pot, slow but deadly. Suddenly…aware of the hot water, the frog cries to get out.  

The most publicized yearnings for freedom come from nations with Christian roots that have become dormant, and subsequently, freedom has dwindled. But, I hear a sound from Britain, Poland, Austria, and Hungary; nations with old governmental structures. It is a sound of shaking and fracturing of oppressive structures and leadership. People in the western hemisphere are rising up against spiritual and governmental slavery that has slowly infringed upon the words we can speak, the way we can live, the Biblical declarations we can make, the health care we can choose, and the choice of people we receive into our respective nations. Now the freedom call is rising among the nations to say ‘no more’! They call out, ‘It is for freedom He has set us free!!'

I believe we are in a new dispensation, a time when the order of things is changing. The order of things is coming into alignment with heaven, a heavenly order. At the foundation of this change is the cry for freedom based in the freedom we have in Christ and the admonition not to be slaves. Unholy alliances, assumed to be insoluble, are dissolving. Religious structures created by man are cracking. It is happening as the church in its many expressions of faith in Christ, is rising up to declare freedom, demonstrating that freedom verbally and spiritually, and beginning to establish dominion by pushing off the yoke of slavery. 

May it be so Lord Jesus! Freedom!!!

Click here to read more from Harvey Wittmier on what freedom means for individuals like you.


Kingdom Keys - A 4th Watch Post

"I gave the necklace to Pastor who used the center key to unlock the door..."

This 4th Watch Post is from a seasoned prophet, Gary Pack, whom the Holy Spirit has awakened regularly at 3am to receive revelation and prophetic insight to share with the body of Christ. This word is from a vision he received regarding the unseen world of the spirit realm and what the Lord is doing in this day and hour behind the scenes. I encourage you to read and consider it from a broad perspective for your own life and ministry.

From Gary Pack (June 2, 2017)

This morning the Lord met me in a powerful way. These 3am encounters with the Lord have become common to say the least but it was odd tonight. As I went to sleep there was anticipation as to what the Lord would show me. It started as I awoke with a meditation on the story in Kings as the famine was broken when Elijah declared after the "show down of fire" that there was the sound of an abundance of rain.

I could hear the rumbling of thunder and the smell of rain was thick in the air. I thought of all the seeds waiting to erupt with the moisture that was about to fall from heaven.... rejoicing for all the promises awaiting their fulfillment, all the words yearning to sprout in fruition. But then the Lord said He wanted to open the curtain to the spiritual realm even more to enlighten my perspective.

It was dark and with every flash of lightning I could see the scurrying of the demonic. They were rushing around, but with great order and strategy. There was a systematic militant order to their busy-ness. The urgency of their work told me they had much left to accomplish before the rain began to fall. Then it began; the first drops of the awaited rain. When the drops of promised rain hit the skin of the demons, it was like boiling acid. Demonic screaming and snarls began to fill the air. And as the sprinkling got heavier and became a steady rain, chaos began to infiltrate the workings of the enemy. With their frantic attempt to continue their assignment, the rain, now heavy, began to halt their effectiveness. With every drop of this glory, not only did the enemy begin to lose its grip and melt but also the structures and working they were establishing were coming undone as well. All the while, the parched grey soil began to erupt with a newness of life, green and lush. The dissolving demons and their melting kingdom entrapments eroded into the soil by the power of the rain and became like fertilizer to the seedlings. This was part one....

The second half of this vision was connected to the first, but a totally different scene. In this fresh lush green landscape a tribal chief came toward me. With great humility he bowed on one knee before me and removed a necklace and placed it at my feet. I received it as a holy and sacred gift. As I examined this adornment I saw the pieces hanging down were dis-assembled piano "keys".  I gave this necklace to my sister (who is a pianist) and she took it to an old grand piano and inserted the missing keys and began to play in a way that I'd never heard.

As this melodic worship swelled another chief began to approach me. He had seemed to be drawn in by the music.  He was of a different tribe, with the same humility. The scene was the same as he bowed before me and presented the tribute.  This necklace was made of antique keys with a center longer key.  I took hold of this necklace by the one key and the kneeling ruler motioned to a door I had never seen in the church sanctuary.  Pastor (of my home church) and I walked to the door and saw it was shrouded with cobwebs and dust. I gave the necklace to Pastor who used the center key to unlock the door. Inside was another tribal ruler, this one was female and was adorned with gold. As the door opened she breathed deeply the fresh air and dropped to her knee in humble gratitude and placed a golden necklace made from coins from all around the world at Pastor’s feet. As we walked back into the sanctuary it was filled with people from each of these three tribes, all with hands raised worshiping.

I am still praying into the depth of all of this but know that it is a detailed pattern for our next step of our journey at Gateway Church International, the churches we are connected to, and for the church at large.

For more understanding of the prophetic gift and the role of the Prophet in the New Testament Church, click here.


Gary Pack is a prophet to nations and travels internationally to speak prophetically into leaders and churches. He lives in Roswell, New Mexico where he is the leader of worship and pastor over international ministry at Gateway Church International.


Great Works Face Great Opposition

1 Corinthians 16:8-9(NIV) "But I will stay on at Ephesus until Pentecost, because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me."

Paul the apostle penned these words from Ephesus as he eagerly desired to visit the church he birthed in Corinth. He says he cannot go to Corinth right away. He must continue in Ephesus where he has been ministering for 3 years. Why?....because Paul had a ‘great door’ open in Ephesus.

Ephesus was a cross-road of culture, religion and trade. It was also the occult center for worshipping the goddess Diana. It was here that Alexander the metal worker railed against Paul because so many people were moving from idol worship (Alexander’s business) to Jesus worship. Yet, as demonically infested as the city was, there was a great open door for ministry. Paul, even after 3 years, chose to stay longer to continue the work of ministry. Even his father’s heart for the Corinthian church birthed through his ministry could not draw him away until his purpose was fulfilled in Ephesus.

The work was ‘effective’. Effective is the word eneges meaning active, operative, effectual, powerful, having an effect. Ephesus was becoming an apostolic center where prophets and apostles passed through teaching and ministering and building up the church. The five-fold ministry was in evidence and fruit was abundant. But great works face great opposition! There are two Greek words used, ‘polos antikeimai’, that mean abundant adversity pulling in the opposite direction. There were adversaries! The demonic realm was stirred up. There was a demonic principality, Diana, who ruled the demonic realm over Ephesus. That principality was directing ground level demons to stir up any whose hearts were open to such demonic activity, like Alexander. The message of Jesus was effectively removing Diana from power and putting those who profited from her idolatry out of business.

Diana was defending her territory.  She would not bow easily or quietly. Paul, through the Spirit and Truth, was invading her territory, pulling down strongholds and claiming territory for the Kingdom of God. Paul contended for the city.  He was neither passive, nor ignorant of the enemy’s activity. Very often apostolic ministries are positioned within enemy territory to assertively contend for the Kingdom of God. Effective kingdom work requires a ‘contending’. Times were changing in this city! Opposition was a sign of effectiveness of the work!

You may have a ministry that is small in number or large in number, well known or known by few. You may not be in full time ministry as a church leader, but you are positioned in the workplace, in your family, in a social circle where you are influencing people for the Kingdom. Your effectiveness is not measured in numbers, but in having an effect. You are in enemy territory, positioned to put him out of business! You are positioned to contend for the Kingdom of God from your position of influence! Opposition seldom lies down quietly or exits quickly. Keep on! Contend! Take the enemy’s territory for the Kingdom of God!

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The Flaming Sword and An Open Door - A 4th Watch Post

In Jerusalem there were those who stood upon the walls of the city to watch to see what was coming. They were the eyes and ears of the city when there was darkness. There were segments with 4th watch being 3 hours before the dawn. Prophetically, they were preparers for the coming dawn for the city.

In this day and age, the Lord is asking prophets to prepare the body of Christ for the dawn of a new season by being the eyes and ears of the bride.  The body of Christ benefits from the gifting of the prophet/seer and we have a responsibility to hear their words and take them into account in our perceptions and decision making.

In my home church, and ministry network, we are blessed with several mature prophets who hear and see beyond the walls of our building and physical location. As an Apostolic ministry we partner with them and provide a platform for the voice of the Lord to go forth through them.

We will periodically be posting words from contributing authors who are trusted prophet/seers who have influence in and beyond our ministry. We will be sub-titling these posts as "A 4th Watch Post" to identify them clearly and will include a mini-bio of the authoring prophet/seer at the base of the post.

Following is the first post contributed as A 4th Watch Post. May it bring you life more abundantly to see beyond the walls!

In Him,



'Where there is no clear revelation and vision of God's plan people are confused and God's plan for them is distorted.'
 ~ Proverbs 28:19 (paraphrased)

The Flaming Sword and An Open Door
by Wayne Newcomb

God created and designed us to have a life in relationship with Him. Our sin closed the gate or door to the full opportunity of life, which God created us to have with Him. Because Adam and Eve believed Satan’s deception and lies about God, they were disobedient, rebelled, and sinned against God. They were cast out from the Garden (That place of security and fulfillment God created for them). 
 Gen. 3:22-24, "Then the LORD God said, 'Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—' therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life."

Jesus came to open the way once again to the Father and provide the Open Door or Gate whereby we might go in and out and have abundant life and fulfillment according to His design for us. 
 John 10:7, "Again Jesus said to them, 'Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture.'"
 The beginning of this passage is often quoted, taught on and memorized but God's full intent for us as described in verse 9 is often neglected and its neglect robs us of the 'full and abundant life' God designed us to have. We are left with the truth of John 10:10 as it relates to the way of our salvation but left ignorant, uninformed and without God’s plan for what comes next and how we should live our lives once we have 'entered the gate/door' having been born again.

Life with an Open Door to the Father Promised as Part of Our Entering

John 10:9, "I am the gate/door. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture." 
 The truth that Jesus is the Gate/Door to the Father and that there is no other way in is both the cause of great comfort to the believer and consternation to the unbeliever. The reality is that many who do believe and are saved are left without the revelation of God's complete plan for them and as a result never realize God's promise of the abundant, fulfilled life as designed by Him from the foundation of the world.
 Proverbs 29:18, "Where there is no understanding of the Word of the Lord, the people do whatever they want to, but happy is he who keeps the law." Or paraphrased 'Where there is no clear revelation and vision of God's plan people are confused and God's plan for them is distorted.'

Finding Pasture

The reality that we have an Open Door with the Father where both He and we may come in and go out freely is what we were created to have and what our entire being longs for. It is the description of a healthy relationship with the Father. There is no Flaming Sword, no locked gate, no barrier of sin, shame, or lies keeping us from Him and the Life He created us to have.
 God designed us for more than a life of 'knowing we are saved and will make it to heaven when we die.' He designed us to live our lives with an open door to the Father and to find pasture.
 A good shepherd conducts his flock to the fields where good pasturage is to be found; watches over and protects them while there, and brings them back again and secures them in the fold. He looks for good grass for them to feed on, still waters for them to drink from and rest beside. He takes interest in their individual health and well-being. He anoints their heads with oil so that when they conflict and bump heads with other sheep they will not be seriously harmed. The anointing oil also protects them from pest that might burrow into their skin and cause problems and irritate. If they persistently stray and endanger themselves He will carry them to assure them of His loving care and to provide security.

Life with an open Door/Gate to the Father is a life of fulfillment as designed by Him for us through His unmerited favor and grace in Jesus the Messiah.

This 4th Watch Post was contributed by Wayne Newcomb, a prophet who serves on the board of Directors for Deborah Ministries International, our parent ministry. Wayne has held many official positions in the body of Christ including Pastor, and Bible College Professor. To learn more about him, or to visit his person blog spot, click here.


Why Christians Will Live and Die For Christ


Resurrection day is now several days behind us. I have considered what it must have been like for those who saw the empty tomb and the resurrected Christ. The emotional roller coaster would exceed anything in history. For 40 days about 500 people encountered the resurrected Jesus establishing marking the most earthshaking turning point on earth. Over the centuries naysayers devised conspiracy theories about the empty tomb, yet not a single objective witness ever came forth to say ‘I have found the body’ or ‘I saw the disciples take it away’ or ‘I know where they took him.

Of the eleven disciples, Thomas was the most doubting of the resurrection because he had not yet personally seen the resurrected Jesus. Then Jesus approached him and Thomas put his hands into the nail holes of Jesus body and said ‘My Lord and my God!’

The strongest, most compelling evidence of the resurrection is the fact that the followers of Jesus, especially the twelve apostles, would live and die declaring that ‘He lives!!’ Against all odds and opposition, they laid their lives on the line to declare Jesus’ resurrection and ascension. They refused in the face of abuse, persecution, torture and martyrdom to recant the resurrection and the God-nature of Jesus. They scattered across the known and unknown world to spread the gospel of His Kingdom. They lost contact with each other as they were separated by geography and captivity. Yet all 12, except for John, died via torture and a grizzly death because they refused the recant the resurrection. Their personal testimony overcame every conspiracy theory and speculation.

The historian Eusebius ( about AD 314-318) said it well in a speech regarding the ludicrous idea that Jesus followers would devise a lie and die with the lie: ‘Let us band together to invent miracles and resurrection appearances which we never saw and let us carry the sham even to death! Why not die for nothing?—Why dislike torture and whipping inflicted for no good reason? Let us go out to all nations and overthrow their institutions and denounce their gods! And even if we don’t convince anybody, at least we’ll have the satisfaction of drawing down on ourselves the punishment for our own deceit.'

Men will die for what they believe to be true, though it may actually be false. They do not die for what they know is a lie. Former US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said regarding the absurdity of denying the resurrection; ‘The wise do not believe in the resurrection of the dead. It is really quite absurd. So everything from the Easter morning to the ascension had to be made up by the groveling enthusiasts as part of their plan to get themselves martyred’.

While some conspiracy theories continue to be bantered around today, there is only one conspiracy that stands test of time.  Yes, there was a conspiracy, a conspiracy between Father, Son and Holy Spirit. They conspired to bring the will of heaven to earth by way of giving the Son, so that all who believe may live and never die.

Like this post from Harvey?  Check out this one on atheism.


The Warrior Class

Ephesians 6:17(NIV) "Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."
In the Body of Christ, the church, I see believers that are potential overcomers, potential prophets, and potential victors against the unseen enemy of their soul.  But many deny the enemy, ignore the battle, or refuse to fight. Some simply believe that ‘the battle is the Lords’. Yes, the battle is the Lord’s, and He established victory through the cross and resurrection. But He delegated authority and warrior status to the church to appropriate the victory He has won. The satanic/demonic realm is very real and active. The victory Jesus accomplished over them is very real and available to you and me. Individuals and churches must not passively submit to the enemy thinking they have no active, assertive role in enforcing what Jesus has done on our behalf.

The reality of our spiritual life is that we live in a combat zone where satanic entities are like street fighters determined to win by any means. Some believers have very restricted rules of engagement; they refuse to fight until life gets so bad they have neither the energy nor the knowledge to fight. They know Ephesians 6:17, Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. They memorized it. They ‘put on the armor’ every day including the sword safely sheathed in its scabbard, but they seldom draw it. They have theoretical authority, but do not assert authority. They believe that since Jesus won the war they can ignore, deny, or pacify.  In so doing they render the power of the cross to the realm of the dormant, rather than the dominant. The sword of the Word stays in the scabbard, passively sheathed to avoid harming anyone, including the enemy.

That’s the bad news. Now the good news. I see today a warrior class arising within the church; a remnant reminiscent of Gideon’s 300, David’s 400, and the 120 in the upper room. This warrior class not only wears the armor and the sword but engages and defeats the enemy with it. Their rules of engagement are to win. To enforce what Jesus provided. They know the enemy is a street fighter, a jealous jihadist who fights for personal and geographic territory. They know that the Sword of the Spirit must be drawn and become a swift sword in battle. They know there is no Geneva Convention in this conflict. The sword is meant to be thrust into the heart of the enemy through any means necessary. The scriptural references to ‘sword’ indicate offensive use, rather than passive.  In Revelation 19:15 John saw Jesus on a white horse and Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations.  Warriors know they have peace with their Heavenly Father, but there is no peace treaty with the enemy of their soul. This rising warrior class is the enforcer of divine dominion. They wield the Sword of the Spirit by declaring our victory over the enemy, demonstrating acts and actions forcing him to retreat and flee, and willfully establishing dominion over Kingdom territory AND EXPANDING Kingdom territory!

The warrior class moves the church from dormant to dominant. Enlist in the warrior class today!! 


Demo the Old, Build the New

In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah, the Lord moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and also to put it in writing: 2  “This is what Cyrus king of Persia says: “‘The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and He has appointed me to build a temple for Him at Jerusalem in Judah. 3 Any of His people among you may go up to Jerusalem in Judah and build the temple of the Lord, the God of Israel, the God who is in Jerusalem, and may their God be with them. Ezra 1:1-3

The Body of Christ in America has entered a season of fulfillment. There has been a shift in the spirit realm that has opened a door unto fulfillment of prophecy. The prophetic parallel between the era of Cyrus of Persia and today in America is remarkable.

When King Cyrus came into agreement with the authority of the prophetic word inspired by the Lord and spoken by Jeremiah, he released the people of God to BUILD. The prophetic fulfillment of God’s Word was a season of building; restoring those things of the Kingdom of God. But it required new mindsets and perspectives to become reality. Cyrus did not consider Yahweh to be his God, but as a leader He understood the power of destiny and declaration. He simply used his authority of declaration to bring fulfillment to destiny, the return of the Jewish people to Jerusalem. He released the people unto a season of building the temple and the city walls that had been destroyed. Prophetically, some structures must be destroyed before a new thing can come forth.

I see many political, social and church structures in America being destroyed so that a new thing can come forth. Wrong world views and spiritual perspectives are being demolished. There is a realignment of perspectives that will bring an alignment of nations for Godly purposes.  January of 2016 marked 70 years since convening the first general assembly of the United Nations. The first assembly began an era of mankind attempting to govern and control nations through human principles. That experiment has failed as it consumed global financial resources, limited individual national identity, and infused corruption into the international order. The United Nations has been anti-Israel even though it established Israel. January 2017 begins a new era of the Kingdom of God being manifest through nations coming into alignment with His destiny and purpose for these last days.

The Brexit of the United Kingdom from the European Union and the election of Donald Trump to be President will be followed by other European nations declaring freedom from unholy dominion and alliances. Old structures will come down and new structures will go up. There is a season for all of this to occur. It is a season of fulfillment unto building Kingdom perspectives and structures; its duration is unknown.

There will be fulfillment of prophetic promises at the macro and micro levels, i.e. international as well as personal. At the personal level we are positioned by grace through faith with all that we need for life and Godliness (2Pet. 1:3, 4), yet the manifestation of that position is not reality for most in the body of Christ. Structures of wrong perspectives and mindsets have limited fulfillment.  The new season will realign perspectives and mindsets. This new season is multi-dimensional, for all that have ears to hear, hearts to perceive and a mind to agree with the season. It is for those ‘whose hearts God has moved’. The proclamation has been released. The promises of healing, deliverance, salvation, prosperity, and growth can manifest. Nations will come into alignment. Who will choose to walk into the season of fulfillment?


What's Coming in 2017?

Another parable put He forth before them, saying, “The Kingdom of Heaven is likened unto a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. Matt. 13:24, 25

We move into 2017 with great expectancy and great awareness of the coming days. I have perceived in the fall of 2016 a clarion call to the church for 2017. There will be expectancy toward all that the Lord will do in nations, especially in this nation; expectancy of how His purposes and His will shall become reality; expectancy for the church to rise in Kingdom influence and authority. 

There will be acute awareness of great battles looming for the soul of individuals, people groups, and nations. A clashing of kingdoms shall occur in 2017. It will bring clarity between darkness and light, good and evil, and righteous and unrighteous cause. People and nations will choose. Yes, there will be a choice of which side and where to abide. 

A prominent prophet recently declared we are entering the time of the ‘tares and the wheat and the sheep and the goats’. Many translations interpret the word ‘tares’ as ‘weeds’. A tare was an unproductive weed that looked like wheat until the fruit came forth. Only when the fruit of both became evident near harvest time could one see that the tare was not wheat. Tares are sown when the watchmen sleep.

We no longer live in a time where the murky middle will be allowed and be called ‘tolerance’. A choice for the murky middle is a choice for the tare and the goat, what may seem good but is not God. As we move forward there will be many that see the wheat and the sheep as the problem in their nation. The vision of many, even in the church, has been obscured by the veil of cultural confusion and demonic deception. Some will see the passionate remnant hearts within the church as extreme, out of touch, incongruent with peace, tranquility and social justice. They will see remnant believers as something to be moved aside for the sake of peace and conformity in the global glob.

Grace, the transforming power of God, will stand as a differentiating influence within the church. To embrace grace is to embrace the transforming power of the Father manifest through the Son and secured on earth by the Holy Spirit. To embrace grace in its fullest will be to live and move in the Kingdom. It will no longer just be about eternal life but will be about Kingdom life. Grace is the foundation of the New Covenant whose cornerstone is Jesus the Messiah. Grace is not a slippery slope, but a transforming power to see clearly and make decisions to be the wheat and the sheep when the winds of culture blow against us. The Kingdom of God is a place where sheep thrive.

The pulpits of the church will hold great sway over which direction people and nations choose. The pulpits must bring clarity of choice when the murky middle seems like the pathway to keep the peace.  The power of praise and worship, clarity of sound doctrine, visibility of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and apostolic and prophetic alignment will cause many to move to be sheep and wheat. The pulpits of the church offer opportunity to lift the veil. It will be lifted for many. 

The pulpits must employ both sword and brick. The sword is employed for battle. The brick is used for building. The exiles of Judah and Benjamin were aware of the enemy as they built the wall. They carried bricks and a sword, mortar and a spear, always aware of the clash of kingdoms. They were warriors and builders for a Kingdom purpose. The pulpits must be occupied by warrior-builders in this season. 

There will prophecies of gloom and prophesies of boom. One offers the consequence of being tares and goats. The other offers the blessing of being wheat and sheep. Neither prophecy is wrong. They both bring prophetic clarity to choice and consequence. The sheep and the wheat shall prevail and every tongue raised in judgement of them will be silenced and every hand raised against them shall be broken.


Celebrating the First AND Second Advent

“For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this." ~ Is. 9:6, 7 

This is the season of great anticipation. For the very young it will be about the sparkle, the lights, and the gifts of Christmas. For parents of the young it will be about anticipating the sparkle in their children’s eyes, the excitement as children open gifts, and the decrease in their own wallets. For the older generation it will be the anticipation of Christmas’ past and the anticipation of the generational inheritance that creates those memories.

But there is a greater level of anticipation for all that believe that Isaiah 9:6, 7 has been partially fulfilled through the birth of Jesus and will be completely fulfilled in His second coming. It is His coming to us that is the point of our anticipation and our joy of fulfillment. The arrival of Jesus is His ‘advent’. The word ‘advent’ comes from the Latin ‘adventusmeaning arrival or coming, particularly of something having great importance. Many main line protestant and Catholic churches will recognize and celebrate Advent during the four Sundays leading up to December 25th. Advent is not an Old Testament festival. It is New Covenant recognition of what was and what shall be. While most of the focus in churches will be on His first advent, i.e. His birth, I believe in this day and hour we must emphasize His second advent…His return not as a babe or a lamb, but as the Lion of Judah, the King and Ruler. He will come as king and ruler carrying eternal government on His shoulders, not just for individuals but for the world. Revelation 19:11-16 paints a detailed picture of His character, authority, and eternal nature as ruler upon His second advent and will be called Faithful and True.

I encourage each of you to celebrate and enjoy the first advent of Christ this season. I also encourage you to celebrate, anticipate, and proclaim His second advent for, "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and whowas, and who is to come, the Almighty." Revelation 1:8


A November to Remember

2016 has been a tumultuous year in America, especially in politics. Beyond America there were great shifts in Europe with the UK voting to exit the European Union, conservative groups gaining traction in France, Germany and other nations and the emergence of a more Christian worldview. Mass immigration, embraced under the mantle of ‘compassion’, has led to violent sexual assaults, riots in refugee camps, increased gang activity, and efforts by European governments to hide the effects of decades of open borders and denial of Islam’s agenda in western culture. The first tangible evidence of a turning point in Europe came with the UK voting for BREXIT to withdraw from the European Union.

America experienced violent riots in major cities, assassinations of law enforcement officers, and tacit approval from the White House of racial division and unrest. The political roller coaster of the presidential election rubbed raw the emotions of many on both sides of the conservative-liberal divide. In the midst of all that, the United Nations UNESCO arm voted to declare that the Temple Mount (original site of Israel’s temple) was not rightfully territory of the nation of Israel, but the territory of Islamic Palestine.

Having just returned from Jerusalem, I witnessed historical events in America from the land of Zion. At the worship gathering in Israel I saw and experienced the reconciliation between the descendants of Ishmael and Isaac through Christian pastors in the Messianic and Arab communities in that nation. Unseen under all of this was a shift, a spiritual earthquake of sorts, generated by global intercession for nations and peoples. This global intercession was on behalf of the Kingdom of God which has been opposed by satanic global political powers; powers whose world view is a man-made one-world government whose goal was to instill peace and tranquility through common secular values, elite governing power, borderless identities, and world system finances. In other words, we would all be one big happy family through a ‘united nations’ engineered by man. In many ways this is a reflection of the vision for Old Testament Babylon. 

Pastors, prophets and apostles in many nations partnered with intercessors to plow spiritual ground, plant kingdom seeds, and water the soil for the sprouting of a different kind of united nations. This is a united nations within the Body of Christ to align with God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit to impart spiritual birth pangs for the return of the One who would rule a spiritual United Nations in the Kingdom of God. Everything seemed to lead up to a November to remember.
At the gathering of believers from almost 40 nations in Israel there was a key prophetic word declared that has relevance to the global body of Christ and to America. This word was released on the morning of November 8th hours before the United States went to the polls to choose their president. One portion of that prophetic word is, “This will be known as the dividing time of nations. Because of this gathering, nations now will choose their alignment with My nation. I say this is the beginning of the tares and the wheat and the goats and the sheep. I say this gathering is the determination point of the future of how the harvest of nations begins.” (to watch and hear this complete prophetic word go to www.watchmen.org, select the video recording of Session 2 and watch the 5 minute segment found at hour 1:12 to 1:17).

I believe that the events of 2016, including the presidential election, coincide with the ‘dividing time’ of the prophetic word. The election was not about Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, but about a place of agreement in the church and in the heart of a nation, for choosing a new direction. What we do and how we pray from this day forward among the remnant in the church will determine the extent and dimension with which we align with what God is doing in this day and hour. November 8th was a dividing point, a November to remember.

To read more about the Israel Gathering, click here.