"Unexpected Strategic Connections Are Coming Your Way!" by Nathan Shaw, Dunedin, New Zealand

Strategic connections are game changers. They open doors of opportunity that didn’t exist previously. Sometimes it can seem like nothing has happened for years and then suddenly an unexpected connection changes everything. We are about to see a dramatic increase of strategic connections.

Testimony of Connections

Twelve years ago, I received an email from a pastor from Singapore. In the email he introduced himself and inquired about the possibility of ministering in New Zealand. God put New Zealand on this man’s heart but he didn’t know anyone from New Zealand. At the time, a preacher from South Africa was ministering at his church. He asked the South African preacher if he knew anyone in New Zealand. The South African preacher had recently spoken at my church and gave the Singaporean pastor my contact.

I invited the pastor to New Zealand. We were blessed by his ministry but I didn’t expect what happened next. He opened up Asia for me through his many connections. Since then, I have ministered in Asia many times. One of my books has even been translated into Chinese. God set up a strategic connection by putting New Zealand on the heart of a man I didn’t even know.

Biblical Connections

The Bible is full of strategic connections but I want to focus on just three of them: a prostitute, an unnamed woman, and a demonized man. These connections are even more amazing when you consider that the prostitute was a Canaanite, the unnamed woman a Samaritan, and the demonized man a foreigner.

1. The Prostitute (Joshua 2)

Rahab was a prostitute in the Canaanite city of Jericho. Two Israelite men were sent to spy out the land of Canaan. They lodged the night at Rahab’s house. Word got out that the spies were in the city. Rahab hid them in her roof and then aided them to escape undetected. Rahab was a strategic connection for the spies. If it wasn’t for her, they would have been killed. But the spies were also a strategic connection for Rahab. The spies promised protection for Rahab’s family. When Israel attacked Jericho, Rahab and her family were the only inhabitants who were spared. They became part of the nation of Israel.

2. The Unnamed Woman (John 4:1-42)

We know this woman as the Samaritan woman because Scripture doesn’t even reveal her name. Jesus passed through the region of Samaria on the way to Galilee. While His disciples went into a town to get some food, He met a woman. The woman had come to draw water from the well outside the town. Although Jesus was hungry and thirsty, He took the time to speak to her. The woman was astonished because Jesus knew intimate details about her life even although He had never met her. Going back into the town she convinced many to come and see Jesus. After hearing her testimony and hearing Jesus for themselves, many of them believed that Jesus was the Savior of the world.

3. The Demonized Man (Mark 4:35-5:20)

This man is also unnamed. Jesus crossed the sea of Galilee and met a man who was severely possessed with demons. Jesus delivered the man of the demons. The change was dramatic. Naturally the man wanted to follow Jesus. Instead, Jesus told him to stay in the region and testify to all that had happened. This man lived in the region of Decapolis which was beyond the borders of Israel. Most of Jesus’ ministry was to Israel but He also made brief excursions to some of the surrounding territories.

Sometime after the demonized man was delivered, Jesus returned to the region (Mark 7:31-8:10). Multitudes came to hear Jesus in the wilderness. It was here that Jesus fed thousands of people by supernaturally multiplying a few loaves and fish. How many of this multitude had heard of Jesus because of the demonized man’s story? God strategically connected Jesus with this man. It was part of God’s plan to reach people in the borders beyond Israel.

These examples demonstrate how strategic connections can impact families, towns and even whole regions.

• Rahab’s actions resulted in the salvation/deliverance of her whole family.
• The Samaritan woman’s testimony resulted in the salvation of many in her town.
• The demonized man’s testimony played a significant role in opening a whole region to Jesus.

Unexpected Doors of Opportunity Are Before You!

Don’t underestimate the power of one strategic connection. Strategic connections can open unexpected doors of opportunity. The residents of Jericho, Samaria and Decapolis were all beyond Israel’s direct influence. In each case, one strategic connection impacted many lives. Strategic connections can bring protection, just ask Rahab and the two spies. Strategic connections can also meet deep heart needs. The Samaritan woman had had five husbands. Her story was one of brokenness and pain. She had a need to be seen, heard and acknowledged.

There’s no rule for how strategic connections happen. Frequently they happen in the midst of our every-day lives, in fact, even while doing things as simple as lodging a couple of men or drawing water from a well. But strategic connections also happen when we take action and respond to God’s promptings. Jesus deliberately went into the foreign territory where He met the demonized man.

God has strategic connections for you. People are often encouraged to direct their faith toward specific things such as salvation for a family member, healing, deliverance or provision.

May I encourage you to deliberately exercise your faith for strategic connections. Ask God for them. Expect them to happen. And pray that you recognize them when they do happen. But don’t be impatient. It is through faith and patience that we inherit the promises (Hebrews 6:12). When strategic connections happen, it is definitely worth the wait. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)

Nathan Shaw
Heart of David Ministries
Email:
fireanddestiny@slingshot.co.nz
Website:
www.heartofdavidministries.org

Nathan Shaw helps bring individuals and churches into dynamic encounters with God’s indescribable love. Over the last twenty years he has been instrumental in ushering in significant moves of the Spirit in over ten different nations. Many have experienced life-changing prophetic encounters and dramatic visitations from God. Nathan is the author of two books: Passion and Fire and Unto the Least of These. Nathan is senior pastor at Fire and Destiny Centre, Dunedin (www.fireanddestiny.org) and Celebration Church, Mosgiel (www.celebrationchurch.xyz).

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"God’s Army of Daughters – An Unstoppable Force!" by Christy Johnston, Gold Coast, Australia

I see a company of daughters who have been stuck and beaten down in the trenches of battle. They have been held back, pushed down and told to stay quiet. They have been overlooked, deemed unworthy and judged. They have been caught in the middle of the crossfire, seemingly trapped in the ditches and constrained by the enemy. The battle has been long and fierce, with the enemy throwing his best at them, and with every strike he has been lying to them and telling them they are worthless and weak – luring them into giving up completely.

He has used the voices of those around them as a continual gunfire of doubt, fear, and lies targeted directly at their identity and worth. Many of these daughters have come to believe these lying assaults. They have endured countless blasts and strikes, all in an attempt to keep them silent and in a powerless holding place away from the battleground. These daughters have been the target of the enemy, for within them is a fierce warrior that satan greatly fears, and his strategy has been to withhold them from the battle through his lies.

Strength in the Secret Place

These lies have temporarily demobilized and disabled a band of daughters from moving forward, for they have grown weary in the wastelands finding shelter from the blasts of deception, accusation and shame. I hear their cries of weariness and their tears of exhaustion as they have come to fear moving forward, for they have been afraid they have nothing left to offer. Covered in shame, all have seemed hopeless and lost.

They have been tempted to retreat into obscurity. Yet, in the midst of the raging war all around them and even through their fear, I hear the mighty rushing wind of the Holy Spirit reinforcing the sound of His truth in and through them. I see these daughters running to the secret place, getting low on their knees before the Father, as the battle continues to rage all around. It’s there where their minds are renewed and they are reminded of who they truly are. There, in the Secret Place, they find strength in Him as He whispers into their ears, “Get up, My COURAGEOUS daughter, get up and fight.”

An Army of Lovers Rising From the Ashes

I see the breath of life blowing away their fears and suddenly, the war around them becomes small. These daughters begin to rise to their feet, energized with the authority of their Father; they shake off the disorientation and refocus their sights on the true battle at hand. Standing up, their eyes are filled with fire and zeal to take down and overpower the schemes of darkness that have been warring against their lives, their family, and their nations.

I see Jesus clothing them in their true identities with a robe of righteousness and a crown of glory, and I see angels equipping them with armor – for their time to overcome is at hand. I see these warrior daughters emerging from the ashes of the trenches and walking out onto the battlefield clothed in their magnificent identity of Jesus, armed with heavenly weaponry to break the ground and re-establish their authority.

They have been the ones in obscurity, the ones that others wrote off as insignificant, unusable and useless. But I hear the Father’s voice echoing across the battlefield: “Watch as I use My beloved daughters as MIGHTY weapons of My LOVE. I have chosen them specifically, when others have cast them aside; I have not and I will use them in unexpected and unprecedented ways. They are UNTOUCHABLE and UNSTOPPABLE!”

A Fierce Sound

As they emerge onto the battlefield, the ground thunders with each step they take. I hear shrieks of terror from the enemy forces as Hell panics at the sight of these daughters of Zion marching forward, casting aside their cloaks of shame and worthlessness – now robed in royalty, crowned in splendor and armed in strength. For with every step, they regain what was stolen.

The enemy’s intentions were to silence these daughters, but God has used satan’s very weapons against him. The Father is turning their season of anguish and lies into a FIERCE SOUND of His power and truth surging through them. The enemy’s attempts to silence them have only made their voices LOUDER. Their voices proclaim the name of Jesus as they lift up their battle cries and decree JUSTICE to injustice, TRUTH to lies and FREEDOM to the captives. These daughters are arising with a voice of awakening and they are calling countless others out of the trenches of darkness.

Hosts of angels march behind and around them as these daughters deflect the bombs of lies, terror, and manipulation and they walk through the battle unharmed – overpowering and disabling the enemy’s weapons of destruction. They are beauty and strength, courage and grace – both fierce and gentle. They have become a force on the earth that is untouchable and unstoppable and they are functioning in the anointing of Esther that is arising and sweeping across the globe right now.

They are armed with the assignment of awakening, to awaken others who have been lost in the battle and to ACTIVATE the TRUTH of who they are. The ones that have been cast down, God is raising up and equipping in His truth. The ones that have been deemed unworthy, God is calling WORTHY. The ones that have felt weak and powerless, God is calling POWERFUL and STRONG. The ones that have felt broken, God is RESTORING.

Daughters of Awakening!

Daughter, beloved one, YOU, yes YOU. You are called, chosen and assigned for this very assignment. You are the voice of truth amidst a world of lies and chaos; you are the voice of love amidst a world of hate and you are the voice of fiery authority that will awaken those who have lost their way. Your time is now. Go into the Secret Place with your Shepherd King and there you will find the strength you need, for your time to overcome is at hand.

Daughter, significant one, your time of hiding is over, and your time to emerge from the ashes is here. The lies and accusations that once clothed you are being replaced with royal robes of righteousness and you are being armed with the weapons of Heaven to fight. Daughter, courageous one, it is your time to get up and fight. Use the authority that is bestowed upon you in the secret place, SPEAK the truth of His words, SHOUT out His promises.

The Blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony (the truth of His Word) are your weapons. You are an overcomer. You are a warrior. You will lead the way for the ones who have lost their first love or those who have been beaten down in the battle. You are blazing a trail of awakening, waking up those who have been asleep and you will guide them back to intimacy with Jesus. You are the adoration of your Father. You are full of purpose and heavenly power. You are the army of lovers that are rising to turn a generation back to Him.

You are the unstoppable, untouchable daughters of awakening. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List go here.)

Christy Johnston
Everyday Revivalists

Email: nateandchristy@everydayrevivalists.com
Website: www.everydayrevivalists.com

Christy Johnston was born and raised in Australia. After living the majority of her life plagued with insecurity and fear, she came to learn the power of her identity in Christ. She now lives with the mandate to breathe fresh hope and life into God’s sons and daughters through her passion of writing, uncovering the truths of living in grace and freedom through our identity in Christ. Nate and Christy have two daughters, Charlotte and Sophie, and currently live on the Gold Coast in Australia.

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"Are Your Blessings Being Stolen?" Faith Marie Baczko, Oakville, Ontario, Canada

Many Christians trust, believe and obey the financial principals God has laid out in His Word regarding the giving of tithes and offerings and the consequent promise of His care and provision. Multitudes have proven God’s Word to be true in this respect and have experienced the miraculous in their lives as they live under His providence and care – and they are blessed in abundance as His Word promises.

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)

However, there are also faithful servants of God who have been obedient to the principles, but have not yet seen the promises. Some are living in lack – having fallen into despair and perplexity. There can be many reasons for this, such as possible generational iniquity but, with prayer and seeking the Lord, He will reveal the cause.

God is able to redeem time and to redeem the harvest that belongs to us from all that we have sown!

The Lord has shown me that much of the time we are sabotaging our own blessings with the words of our own mouths. We nullify the potential fruit from words we have sown. These can be words of unbelief birthed from a place of disappointment, from not having seen the fruit of our expectations in the past. It can be from an ungodly belief that God will not come through for us even when we do everything right. However, it can also be the reaping effect set in motion from negative, judgmental words spoken over others. These conditions reveal a heart that is in need of cleansing as the Word says, “…out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” (Luke 6:45)

When we speak negative words of doubt and fear over our lives, over our finances and other people’s lives, we are working with the enemy at sabotaging our own blessings. The mouth can reap a harvest of unrighteousness, providing demons with the legal right to steal and destroy every good blessing God desires to give us.

In the parable of the sower, when the sower sowed his seed the birds of the air devoured it (Luke 8:5-15). When someone sows and the seed falls by the wayside, it is trampled upon and demonic birds devour it as it says in Luke 8. It reveals a lack of care and complacency regarding God’s Word, or a prophetic word received. The consequence is fruit easily picked off by the birds. We must guard our hearts and remember that words of fear, doubt and unbelief will always be used by satan to accomplish his ends to negate God’s blessings.

There are natural and spiritual laws and principles set in place by God that govern the universe and our world. God’s spiritual laws are equally as powerful as the natural laws that He established. They govern our lives and are at work whether we are aware of them or not, and whether we understand them or not! These laws are taught in God’s Word and with understanding they open the possibility for the release of the fullness of the blessings of God in our lives.

The Law of Sowing And Reaping

As Christians, we can make the mistake of glossing over the principles written in the Word – to our detriment. Adherence to principles found in Matthew 7:2 and Mark 11:26, need to be foundational in the Christian walk. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

“Do not judge or you too will be judged, in the same way that you judge others you will be judged, and with the same measure you use it, it will be measured to you.”

“Forgive and you will be forgiven, if you will not forgive, God will not forgive you.”

The root of these precepts can be found in Galatians 6:7: “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked, whatever a man sows that he will also reap.”

The “whatever” covers every aspect of life – whether we sow love, kindness, compassion and our finances, or we sow anger, hatred, unforgiveness and offense – we will reap in kind! This principle works both in the positive and in the negative. Obedience to God’s precepts is extremely important as they are always at work affecting our lives daily. They affect our relationships, our health and financial prosperity!

If God’s law of sowing and reaping is set on course by words and actions, all our good declarations and decrees and all of our attempts at faith, can be nullified by negative words of fear and unbelief that we speak. These words rob our faith, diminishing our expectation!

Israel could not enter and possess the Promises of God because of words of fear, murmuring, grumbling and complaining they were speaking out! Only two men of faith who SPOKE WORDS OF FAITH of that generation were allowed to enter and receive the promise. After spying out the land, they brought back evidence of BIG FRUIT in the Land of Promise! Our words can either be embedded with fear and hopelessness, producing its kind or spoken in the faith of God. They can be EMBEDDED WITH POWER and have the miraculous supernatural ability to perform God’s will for our lives!

In God’s Kingdom, health and prosperity are a by-product of a life that has worked to lay a good and godly foundation through obedience to eat, live and declare God’s Word in faith. Such a life will also be able to maintain health and prosperity and not be in a continual cycle of loss and gain!

We must guard our hearts and remember that words of fear, doubt and unbelief will always be used by satan to accomplish his ends to negate God’s blessings.

In the parable of the sower, Jesus said that the seed was the Word of God! When we sow our finances based on the Word of God, then in faith continue to water it with the Word of God, IT WILL PRODUCE ABUNDANT FRUIT! God says that His Word will accomplish what He sends it to do (see Isaiah 55:11)!

Christ Our Redeemer

THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT CHRIST IS THE REDEEMER! For all who have sown finances over the years and have not seen the fruit, for those who have wasted time in error and disobedience in the Kingdom, God is able to recover our losses! God is able to redeem time and to redeem the harvest that belongs to us from all that we have sown! God remembers our righteous deeds and words and has been holding the harvest in store for us! He is able to redeem our offerings, buy back our losses and restore our fortunes because He is God – OUR REDEEMER!

The word redeem means to buy back, to recover by payment something that was pledged. When Jesus gave His life for us on the Cross, He nullified everything that was against us, and purchased our lives with His Blood. He signed the note for our debts and marked it PAID IN FULL! In His power and might, He is able to recover ALL that belongs to us! Through repentance, He cancels all negative reaping consequences from our words and deeds! Hallelujah!

Deuteronomy 30 declares that when we return to the Lord’s ways and obey Him with all our hearts, He will restore our fortunes! Divine appointments will be established where the King will say: “Give back everything that belonged to her, including all the income from her land from the day she left the country until now” (2 Kings 8:6). The enemy will be commanded to “…pay sevenfold, though it costs him all the wealth of his house” (Proverbs 6:31).

God is about to open the heavens and pour out upon His people showers of blessings to finance and to enforce the Kingdom of God on earth to gather His harvest. There is presently a great harvest stored up and held in reserve. It’s been accumulated from all that the Body of Christ has sown in finances, time, acts of kindness and faithfulness into the Kingdom of God over the years!

This is about to be released in a great wealth transfer from the Royal Bank of Heaven, calculated with Heaven’s accounting system! I heard the Lord say, “COMPOUND INTEREST!” According to Wikipedia, compound interest is the addition of interest to the principal deposit, it is interest upon interest that can produce great wealth in a short time. (Photo via Pixabay)

Don’t stop giving! Giving in faith, in the will of God, is our insurance for the future! Let us pray, repent and humble ourselves before our wonderful God and get ready for a GREAT DELUGE OF HIS GOODNESS!

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your lap. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38) (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)

Faith Marie Baczko, Executive Director
Headstone Ministries International | Schools of The Last Wine

Email: contact@headstoneministries.com
Website: www.headstoneministries.com

Faith Marie Baczko is the Pastor of Yahweh’s House Fellowship and the President of Headstone Ministries International and Schools of The Last Wine. She brings significant revelation to mobilize, equip, and strengthen the Body for this momentous time of history. Her teachings are rich with revelatory insight released to undergird the work of preparation for the Saints to be fashioned into a holy sanctuary for the coming of the Lord. She is a prophetic preacher, encourager, author, and international speaker, ministering the Word of the Lord to the nations. She has held many conferences and seminars in South America and the Caribbean.

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"The Spontaneous Move of God is Coming and Will Be Common Place!" Mark D. White, Columbia, TN

The Spirit of the Lord began to speak to me about the coming days of His glory. In this conversation, He spoke to me about the coming moves of God. He brought to my attention the words of declaration as stated in Job 22:28. “Declare a thing and it shall come to pass as you walk in the light.”

The words He shared with me were about the seasons that will defy logic. That people will experience the undeniable, the undefiable, the unrestrainable and the unexplainable power of God. He spoke these words to me: “The spontaneous move of God is coming.” This will happen even though there is not enough consistent corporate prayer, not enough hunger yet throughout the Church!

John 6:44 says, “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; then I will raise him to life on the last day.” It is not a change of culture that is the answer, but a passion of purpose to reach this generation. The only change really required is for us to be more like Jesus in love and power. 1 Corinthians 2:5 says, “…so that your faith would not be based on human wisdom but on God’s power.”

“I am setting My house in order.”

This year of 2017 is the starting of altars being full of people seeking God. From Catholic, Church of Christ, Baptist, Pentecostal etc., spontaneously God is coming uninvited and people will come and see the results of God’s presence. The answers are in the overwhelming presence of a living God. Even in the hymnals-only-churches, repentance will take place and the public display of the glory of God will be seen! In the streets, in the bars, in court rooms, in public schools, and in colleges – the glory of God will, and I say WILL, get people’s attention!

God Breaking Out in Uncommon Places!

Spontaneous prayer will take place in public places, the power of prayer will hit those of the blood-bought Church, and the overwhelming presence of God will move and the people will plead for knowledge of the living God! The power display is not what we RELEASE, but what we EXPERIENCE.

We will see hubs and revivals in regions, where churches will be removing walls of seclusion, and they will be blending in with other churches for the manifest presence of God. The dead will be raised, veterans will be healed, even amputees will be restored of their limbs, and missing peace and joy will be restored. What has started is increasing and in some areas will be as a tsunami. The former and latter rain of God’s glory and presence will sweep through the news media. (Photo via Wikipedia)

Around the world, the glory shall cause some to fear and even manifest demons in resistance. But the angels of the Most High God will be seen, and in the next couple of years people will experience the glory of God as unprecedented in history. The lightnings of God will be seen as many miraculous testimonies are shared. In some areas, there will be drought, in other areas rain without explanation. As stated in Romans 8:22, “All of creation is waiting for the manifestation of the Sons of God.”

These are exciting days! We are in the days of Elijah! We are in the time to experience Ezekiel 12:23-25, where everything God says will happen and not be delayed. Yes, there will be false teachers, false prophets, and some pastors that will try to lord over God’s heritage. But you have not seen what God has planned for this outpouring of the river of God on this earth. Angels will be seen as history has never recorded; miracles will be documented as hospitals will almost be emptied because of teenagers going from room to room with the Word and power of God healing the sick.

I have seen visions of schools in lock-down, not because of guns, but because of the glory of God. Children wasted in God’s presence, teachers crawling down the halls on their knees, as the overwhelming presence of God has the children laughing, prophesying, and some having visions. Others will even weep while releasing the pain of their lives as a cleansing takes place by the sovereignty of God.

Winds of Grace and the Tsunami Harvest

I had a three-hour encounter with God and He showed me how He is setting His house in order by the winds of grace. I was in a wheat field that was ripe for harvest with no civilization anywhere to be seen. But out of nowhere a huge tornado appeared. I looked for cover as it approached me but there was nowhere to hide, no ditch to lay in, and nowhere to find safety. As I laid on the ground, the tornado hovered over me and the wheat field. It did no damage but instead, slowly went over us – ready to harvest fields and I watched the tornado go over the horizon.

In the streets, in the bars, in court rooms, in public schools, and in colleges – the glory of God will, and I say WILL, get people’s attention!

Then I heard a roar and behind me was another tornado coming my way. I was in the same situation of nowhere to hide or seek shelter. But still, the tornado hovered and did no damage to me or the ripe wheat fields. Then a third tornado came and then a fourth, fifth, sixth and a seventh tornado came. Behind the seventh tornado came a blazing raging fire, with a smoke that was easy to see through, and the fire was encompassing. A blazing overwhelming never-ending fire was seen as far as the eye could see. Then, I came to consciousness from being out in the spirit.

As I sought the Lord for understanding, this is part of what He shared and the revelation given: “I am setting My house in order. The first wind will move people to their places of destiny.”

Pastors that should not be pastoring will find their calling and destiny. People that should be pastoring or teaching will find their place in the callings of God. This included evangelists, prophets and apostles. The government of God will increase as the winds of God move amongst the earth. What the first wind does not accomplish, the second wind will, and what the second does not accomplish, the third will, and so shall it be with the fourth to the seventh.

With each transcending wind there will be changes to the Church, His Body, and His representations. The miraculous will become “common place” with the increase of each wind; so much miraculous will take place that by the seventh wind, He said “raising the dead” will be common place. The glorious triumphant Church will arise! (Photo via flickr)

As the fire takes place from this encounter, the Spirit of God told me He will drive people into His presence or out of His presence, or consume them by His presence. The fire had smoke yet it was possible to see through it. This fire is dimensions of His presence that the pure in heart could only see and experience. What we are about to see, not many men have seen, what we are about to hear not many men have heard, but what we are about to experience is of the Lord! The invitation will be to all! (See Joel 2:15-18, 28-32.) (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)

Mark D. White
Mark White Ministries

Email: rapha@gmx.us
Website: www.markwhite.tv

Mark D. White has 45 years of active international ministry in taking the precepts of a living Jesus to a dying world. Being a 1978 graduate of Rhema Bible Training Center, a BS/BM from Phoenix University and a Doctorate in Theology from St. Thomas University. His mission is to minister not only in churches but equipping businesses in the wisdom of God. Mark has written two books and pastored 14 years, miracles and healings happen in every service he ministers.

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"God Speaks through Dreams! Learn How to Respond!" John E. Thomas, Dallas, TX

I grew up in a non-Christian home where I learned that supernatural things originated from evil sources. The problem was I had a lot of weird things happen to me. I had nightmares, heard voices, saw things that “weren’t there” and grew up fascinated by paranormal activity.

But when I was in my 20s, God invaded my life and everything changed. The darkness and fear that plagued my God-given gift faded away as I pursued freedom and a closer walk with Him. I started hearing Him in my dreams, having visions, just “knowing stuff” and feeling what other people felt. It was immediate but not instantaneous.

In addition, the God we serve is a God who speaks. He calls Himself the Word, so we can naturally assume He likes to talk! God is relational.

A short time after I met Jesus, John Paul Jackson came to the Vineyard church I attended in Phoenix. He taught about faith and expecting God to move miraculously, but what really caught my attention was the ministry time. He pointed at a young man in the congregation, asked him to stand up and began telling him about his past, present and future. He did this more than 20 times that night with different people.

I was captivated! Wow! My heart cried out, “God, if that is available, I want it!” At the end of the evening, John Paul announced he was going to teach a course called, “The Art of Hearing God” and I knew I had to go. At that course I learned God not only gives us dreams, but He also wants us to learn how to interpret them. They have meaning beyond the experience itself. I was hooked.

The Thing About Dreams

John Paul’s course started me on a journey of study and today, almost 20 years later, I know I have only scratched the surface of what God offers in the dream world. I started studying dreams and visions, practicing interpreting them and getting feedback from others. “Does this interpretation make sense to you? Does it seem to fit?” I began writing down my dreams. I pursued understanding and now my life is marked by dreams—I interpret them, I have them, they guide me and I teach others about them.

By far, the most important thing I have learned about dreams is this: When it comes down to it, studying dreams is not about dreams. They are not the answer by themselves. They are about relationship with God. A dream from God will tell us about Him and help us see Him more clearly. We study dreams so we can know the heart of our Father better.

Your Story is Incredibly Unique

Your story with God probably doesn’t look like mine. And it doesn’t have to. All of us are on a journey into deeper relationship with Him, and that journey looks different in each and every case. Some of us have spiritual experiences all our lives, while others can’t put their finger on a single time when something “spiritual” or supernatural happened to them. Some of us have incredible encounters later in life that seem to throw open the door to heavenly realities. All of a sudden—after living fairly normal lives—we’re propelled into an adventure that is weird and exciting and mind-boggling all at the same time.

Maybe the concept of God speaking through dreams is new for you. Whether you’re just starting this journey or have been on it for a while, keep going—it is worth the effort. Our God is a God who speaks, and while each of us has a unique story with Him, we are all in relationship with the same God, who doesn’t change. In His world of dreams, a grand adventure awaits us. (Photo via Public Domain Pictures)

How did you meet Jesus? Your story, no doubt, is different than mine. Each of us has a unique journey to God the Father, who then takes us on an incredible adventure of learning more about who He is.

No matter who you are or what your past looks like, deeper intimacy with Jesus includes some common themes. Your journey and mine look the same in a few key ways.

Jesus Is the Gate

For instance, the only gate that leads to God is Jesus Himself. When it comes to dreams, visions, prophetic ministry, miracles or any other supernatural phenomenon, the only safe place is Jesus. We start with relationship with Jesus; we keep our focus on Him, and all our spiritual activity leads us into deeper relationship with Him.

God Speaks

In addition, the God we serve is a God who speaks. He calls Himself the Word, so we can naturally assume He likes to talk! God is relational. He is not looking for robots or slaves but for friends (John 15:15).

Surrender and Change

When God gets involved in our lives, He does not leave us the same. The supernatural activity we encounter through His Spirit is intended to make us more like Jesus. When we hear His voice, the only appropriate response is to surrender to His will and change our lives so we line up with what He has revealed. Again, we do this not as slaves who are forced or compelled, but it is the response of friends who care for His heart and realize that He is the expert in life. His ideas about how to live will be much better than ours, so we follow Him.

Those are some of the common ways God draws us closer to Him. You may be surprised, but He also uses dreams.

Building Intimacy with God Through Dreams

God not only gives us dreams, but He also wants us to learn how to interpret them. They have meaning beyond the experience itself.

“For God may speak one way, or in another, Yet man does not perceive it. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls upon men, while slumbering in their beds, then He opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction.” (Job 33:14-16NKJV)

How does God speak through dreams? Is it possible to hear His voice and grow closer to Him through a dream?

In Genesis 15 God established His covenant with Abraham and prophesied Israel’s time in Egypt. To communicate these things to Abraham, He used a dream. Verse 12 says Abraham was in “a deep sleep” when God spoke to him. Abraham, the father of our faith, is the first person Scripture calls a friend of God, and in a pivotal moment, God used a dream to speak with him.

Genesis is the book of beginnings and carries the first picture God gave us of relationship with Him. In the midst of the beautiful narrative He tells in Genesis, dreams play a major role:

Abimelech dreamed about Abraham (Genesis 20).
God appeared to Isaac at night in Beersheba. (This might have been a dream; see Genesis 26:23–25.)
Jacob had a dream at Bethel where he saw God and received the same promise as his fathers (Genesis 28:11-22).

Jacob obtained strategy for wealth through a dream when God told him how to increase the spotted and speckled flocks (Genesis 31:10-13).

In a dream Laban was warned not to harm Jacob (Genesis 31:24). (Photo via Pixabay)

Joseph had two dreams, interpreted at least two dreams in prison, and interpreted Pharaoh’s two dreams (Genesis 37:5-10, 40:5-19, 41:1-36).

I find it interesting that the promise God gave to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—the promise that is foundational to our faith, the promise God referenced so often throughout Scripture—was given to them in dreams (or at least at night, in Isaac’s case). Dreams are not the only way God speaks, but even a quick glance at Genesis reveals they are an important way He speaks.

Responding to Dreams from God

Since God chooses to speak to us through dreams, how should we respond? If we do three key things, we will start to recognize His voice in the night:

1. Adopt a Biblical perspective on dreams,

2. Value dreams, and

3. Expect God to speak to us through dreams.

As we do these things, we will find what Abraham, Isaac and Jacob found. Our intimacy with God will increase; we will come to know Him more and more, and it will become apparent to us that dreams are one of the relationship tools He uses to draw us closer to Him. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)

John E. Thomas, President
Streams Ministries

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John and Dawna Thomas were radically saved out of the drug culture in 1996. Personally mentored by John Paul Jackson, they’ve been on staff with or have worked alongside Streams Ministries since 2004. John pastored The Bridge Metrowest (planted by John Paul) for five years before he and Dawna stepped out into full-time itinerant ministry. After John Paul passed away, John began to work more closely with the Streams leadership team and in 2016 was asked to become the president of Streams Ministries. John co-authored The Art of Praying the Scriptures: A Fresh Look at Lectio Divina with John Paul Jackson and has also written courses on prophetic ministry, dream interpretation, and the Kingdom of God. As president of Streams Ministries, he ministers internationally to help restore the awe of God to a world that has lost its wonder. He and Dawna live outside of Dallas, Texas.

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"A Word Regarding Virginia Riots and Cities Across the Nation: Prophesy Over Your City and Protect It!" by Cynthia Murray, Charlottesville, Virginia

From the Desk of Steve Shultz:

Steve ShultzBecause of the Charlottesville, Virginia riots that occurred this past weekend, we wanted to publish some words speaking to the very heart of the matter.

Cynthia Murry, president of Divine Women of Destiny Ministries International, lives in Charlottesville, Virginia and she writes a most heart-gripping word…that we really need to confront in our day across the nation.

Cynthia shares here:

Friends, it is time to exercise the authority that we have been given to literally declare and decree love, joy, peace, and all of the fruits of the spirit over our cities. We must bind evil forces in the spirit realm according to Matthew 18:18, which says that whatever we bind on earth will be bound in Heaven…in other words – Heaven is waiting on us to give the orders, then we will have all of Heaven’s backing!

Folks…let’s pray and decree over our cities with our God-give authority…it is that important especially in this hour! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)

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“A Word Regarding Virginia Riots and Cities Across the Nation: Prophesy Over Your City and Protect It!”
by Cynthia Murray, Charlottesville, Virginia

I sit at my desk writing to you from my home in the beautiful city of Charlottesville, Virginia, which was recently rocked by the cancer of racism in our normally quiet and peaceful streets. I am filled with urgency to tell you that – now is the time to arrest the demonic spirit of racism here in Virginia, in your own city, and in the entire United States – once and for all.

Using Our Authority in Christ

Surely this battle cannot be won with sticks and bricks, but rather with the Word of God spoken by us and by the prophets and apostles whose assignment (among others) by office is to bring and maintain order according to the Kingdom precepts of the Lord, given to us in His Word. We must use our authority in Christ to take spiritual territory.

Jesus referred to Himself in Luke 19:12-27 when He spoke of the nobleman who told his servants as he went to receive His Kingdom, “Occupy until I come!” We are those servants and we must occupy – keep and maintain order in the earth until Christ returns again. How do we accomplish that? By declaring those things that be not as though they were just as Abraham did. God has said in His Word, “You shall decree a thing and it shall be established unto you” (Job 22:28).

Friends, it is time to exercise the authority that we have been given to literally declare and decree love, joy, peace, and all of the fruits of the spirit over our cities. We must bind evil forces in the spirit realm according to Matthew 18:18, which says that whatever we bind on earth will be bound in Heaven…in other words – Heaven is waiting on us to give the orders, then we will have all of Heaven’s backing!

Arise and Shine! Cry Out and Decree!

Whether they realize it or not, police departments and local governments are waiting for us to act in the spirit realm to bring order. Scripture tells us that unless the Lord protects a city, guarding it with officers will do no good. In addition, Romans 8:19 confirms their desire for our help in stating, “The creation (earth) is expectantly waiting for the manifestation of the children of God.” They’re anxiously waiting for us to arise and shine in the fullness of the office to which we have been called.

In the next few months, those in apostolic offices will have open doors to speak to, pray with, and advise chiefs of police, city councilmen, mayors, and other politicians in the highest levels of government.

Prophets will also see, hear and discern for direction and guidance at this time, but you don’t have to hold the office of the prophet to prophesy over your city. We all can prophesy the known will of God which is peace – shalom, nothing lacking, missing or broken. Just begin to lift your voice and declare the Word of the Lord. Cry out over your region and decree that the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and they that dwell therein!

Tell satan and his demonic hosts that they are trespassing in your region, and his attacks and strategies are thwarted and canceled in Jesus’ name. You are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus and the forces of darkness must submit to your Kingdom decrees in the Name which is above every name!

We must not allow hatred, bigotry and fear to reign in our cities, but it will unless the people of God release prophetic and apostolic orders in the spirit. By doing so, we will silence the voices of those whose only desire is to cause mayhem and spread hatred by violence. “For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people” (1 Peter 2:15).

My brothers and sisters, resist the devil with your prophetic declarations and he will surely flee from you and from your city! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)

Cynthia Murray
Divine Women of Destiny Ministries International
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Cynthia Murray is the founding president of Divine Women of Destiny Ministries International in Charlottesville, Virginia. She is called to uplift, empower and encourage people to walk in their God-given destinies. Cynthia travels internationally and in the United States teaching and preaching the prophetic message of total victory in Christ.

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October 20-21, 2017 (9am, 2pm, and 7pm daily)
Total Victory International Conference
Holiday Inn
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"Heaven is SHOUTING About the Great American Eclipse" Johnny Enlow, Santa Clarita, CA

This August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will be experienced over the totality of the United States. This eclipse will speak of a convergence of convergences over our nation and it is significant. A secular report stated, “A total eclipse is a dance with three partners: the moon, the sun and Earth,” and this is what we will be looking at. In symbolism the sun (light) speaks of God, the moon speaks of the Church (reflected light), and the Earth speaks of the world (object of the light). There is a rare alignment of the three that will cause the unusual phenomenon and attraction called a total solar eclipse.

For our nation, this will be the first coast-to-coast total eclipse in 99 years (1918). Additionally, it will be the first total solar eclipse of its kind for the United States since 1776 when we became a nation. These realities alone tell us that this eclipse is messaging something very unique. There will be a path 67 miles wide from Oregon to South Carolina where there will be minutes of total darkness. Millions will travel into this “sash” across America to gaze at the heavens and watch the interplay between the sun and the moon. They will see a sunset and sunrise, of sorts, take place just minutes apart from each other and it will be visually stunning because of the quick shifting between “black and white.”

Related to this, we are headed for an extended season of black and white power confrontations with the demonic in order to accelerate Kingdom advancement. We are going to carry this into the 7 mountains of society as Kingdom reformation advances begin to come in with power. (More on that in a moment…)

Convergence of Convergences

Steve ShultzNow there are some who have gotten impatient for the full manifestation of the prophesied breakthroughs over America and the world. However, we must realize that it has, in fact, been happening and coming in a sequence of relentless waves. For instance: the AzusaNow timetable and events did release an important wave; the Trump presidency represents another wave; even the Brexit vote from last year is a contributing wave; the celebrating of the Hebraic year 5777 is very significant, and I have spoken into that multiple times. (Photo via Pixabay)

Significant also is that this year we will celebrate 500 years since the Protestant Reformation erupted, when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses on the doors of the Wittenberg Chapel. We have since then lived in the afterglow of that doctrinal victory—we now have 2.4 billion followers of Jesus, who by and large understand that salvation is only through the Blood of Jesus. Even the Catholic Church has amended its foundational tenet on salvation to reflect that.

We now enter into Reformation 2.0 where it is all about reformation of society—an entirely different genre of reformation. For 500 years, we primarily celebrated our access into Heaven, and now we will enter an era where we will celebrate Heaven breaking into society. We will go from being excessively future heavenly-minded to being champions of “on earth as it is in Heaven,” thus embracing Jesus’ original “Magna Carta” as stated in Matthew chapters 5 through 7.

We are also in the 50-year celebration of Jerusalem’s remarkable reconnection with Israel, as well as the 50-year anniversary of the Jesus Movement. There are so many other convergences as well, but to not overwhelm you with those, I will leave it at that. Just know that we are in a remarkable convergence of convergences and that many Christian leaders are misreading the times as being particularly difficult and “critical,” or otherwise panic-worthy—but the truth is that the opposite is true.

Kingdom gains are unprecedented. The reason some of us are a bit anxious and confused is because some of us are a bit out of tune and sync with God and His present storyline. It requires us ascending to a higher place than our own skills of observation and logic, and into accessing the mind of Christ. We have to learn how to be Calebs when our tendency is to process like the 10 spies.

August 21 and Romans 8:21

August 21 is of course 8/21. I was led to go to Romans 8:21 as significant: “Because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of decay into the glorious liberty of the sons of God.” God is about assist us in being delivered from our own personal “decay” so that we can give away what we have. We have offered society very little other than our finger-pointing. It is not our finger-pointing that delivers society, but rather our own “glorious liberty.”

I was shown that we, as the Church, are quite demonized at this time, as I saw a picture of us having “critters” hanging all over us—perhaps similar to what Rick Joyner described in his book, The Final Quest. From the day of the coming solar eclipse on, there is going to be a skyrocketing of unavoidable power clashes between the demonic and that which is the Kingdom of God. This will be orchestrated by God to accelerate this defining age of reformation and era of renaissance.

Many of us are catering to and even nurturing the demonic in our own lives—and just like in an eclipse, things are about to go clearly “black and white.” As that happens, it will accelerate us getting gloriously free. As we get free, we will help THEM get free—and there is no THEM. It is all of US.

The days are coming back where someone will get delivered from demons and all addiction is gone for good.

A heavenly reset takes place August 21, and this reset is going to cause demonic confrontations to come back out of the back rooms into open meetings and more importantly into open places on the 7 Mountains. The tops of the mountains of society are highly demonized, and we are not going to occupy the mountains on behalf of the Kingdom unless we begin to better carry a demon-busting anointing. He is going to help us do this.

The 67-Mile Pathway, Psalm 67 and 1967

My attention was quite drawn to the fact that there will be a 67-mile wide path of the total dark part of the eclipse all from the shores of Oregon (West Coast) and to the shores of South Carolina (East Coast). I was shown that this path will release, as it were, an “open Heaven” for the prophetic—from sea to shining sea. The cities on the pathway are significant, and even as multitudes of “seers” will be gathering and be given the best views imaginable for heavenly highlights—so too will this stripe across the nation experience an increased measure of the prophetic. Spiritual eagles will arise across this pathway of “totality” and release hope and life across this nation.

It is not coincidental that essentially where the Elijah List is based from in Albany, Oregon, is where the eclipse will begin. Key cities in the path are Kansas City (essential nest of many of the prophets of our generation), Nashville and Charleston, and South Carolina where it all ends. Major prophetic windows will remain open over these cities (and the others in the pathway) from the day this reset takes place. The Elijah List will begin to release higher and higher levels of revelation into the nation and the world.

A more hopeful and hope-filled prayer, holiness, and justice movement will emerge from Kansas City. The new Nashville prophets will particularly show up in music and the arts. A new reformation sound is coming. Charleston will surprise us with a new upgraded mix of the apostolic and prophetic. However, watch the whole path all across the nation as an opening will be across all cities in the pathway. It will also be special in places like Salem, Oregon; Casper, Wyoming; and Lincoln, Nebraska. There is almost nothing coincidental about this particular solar eclipse, and virtually every detail is speaking a prophetic message as “the heavens declare the glory of God.” The 67-mile-wide pathway is one of those.

Psalm 67:1, “God be merciful to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us. Selah.” The whole chapter of Psalm 67 is exciting and insightful, but this first verse really lays out God’s heart for America at this time and is a connection we are to be making with the number 67. The middle of the chapter tells of God judging the people justly and governing the nations of the earth. This is all part of what God is doing and further orchestrating even through what seems like the chaotic presidency of Donald Trump.

The anticipated point of a total solar eclipse is to be able to look at the sun (with appropriate eye-wear of course) and see the sun shining on us. The Biblical terminology of “His face shining on us” is always representative of favor and grace. This is still a season of great mercy and blessing on the United States. Whatever other “hiccup” happens, we must never lose sight of this.

Steve ShultzThe 67 number is also to connect us with 1967. We are at the 50-year mark of the Jesus Movement and there is to be a celebrating and revisiting of that move of God, as well as being taken to the next level of Holy Spirit activity. The Jesus Movement was spearheaded by a young, on fire for God, hippie named Lonnie Frisbee. He was not only the catalyst for that movement, but also for the Calvary Chapel and Vineyard denominations who essentially owe their existence to this man. (Photo of Lonnie Frisbee via Wikipedia)

Lonnie Frisbee has not really been honored properly for his role in any of those three movements because of his struggles with homosexuality that became public, eventually subsequently succumbing to AIDS. What seems to be most forgotten by religious leaders that want to diminish Frisbee’s role in that world-shifting time period, is that God chose to use this man to release the great spiritual breakthrough of his generation.

The Lord has shown me that there is yet a proper honoring of Lonnie Frisbee that is to come on earth. As much as people may be aware of how he failed the Church, if people knew all the truth, they would be aware that the Church failed Lonnie more than Lonnie failed the Church. With a pure loving heart, Lonnie started out with manifestations of raw power of God reflected in great authority over demons. He quickly became a sensation because of the anointing on his life.

Once you become famous in Church circles, the road is often very treacherous as those in influential places are often quite wounded and therefore prone to treachery. When everyone knows that your presence at their church, meeting or event can add people, legitimacy and money— then all kinds of manipulations get brought into place that can dishearten the most pure-hearted. The brokenness in Church leadership was very damaging to Lonnie Frisbee and caused him to regress in areas of his wounding.

Nevertheless, I believe the Lord is about to release 50 “Lonnie Frisbee” mantles and these will operate again initially and primarily outside the four walls of the Church. These will be those new leaders who march to the beat of a different drum, love the unlovely, and burn with a passionate fire for God’s Kingdom to be released on the earth. They will be known by great authority over demons and an unconditional love for “sinners.” Church, watch out, because out of the woodpile of brokenness is about to arise a new breed of leaders who will burn with so much intensity that our status quo will be forever challenged.

A Time for Demon-Busting is Here!

I have found myself surprised at what the Lord has recently shown me. He showed me our demonized condition even as the Church, and He said it is time to get back to a balanced perspective on deliverance. We over-corrected and are suffering because of it. One of the things that came in strongly from the time of the Jesus Movement was an attention to casting out demons—which up until then, much of the Church considered as not necessary or not Biblical.

People like Lonnie Frisbee spearheaded the popularizing of “exorcisms,” but soon it was a central focus all throughout the Pentecostal/Charismatic community. Many will remember the very popular book released in 1973, Pigs in the Parlor by Frank and Ida Hammond, as that expanded this focus in a great way. Soon, everything was a demon. Popular comedian Flip Wilson was maybe best-known for his phrase “the devil made me do it” that seems to have come out of that prevailing mindset in the Church of that day.

Steve ShultzI was in a movement that essentially wanted every single person to go through personal deliverance. You were seated in a chair and demons were commanded to manifest and then cast out. The whole thing did get carried away. It became gimmicky as well, as all sorts of new “exorcism” models came out—some where you just stated a sin or issue and followed with a cough that you generated to expel the demon. There was some fruit from that model but it greatly diminished its power encounter effect.

In its out-of-balance state, almost no attention was given to heart and soul matters. Counseling was minimized and sometimes demonized. Every problem was always a demon. Homosexuality was a demon. Cancer was a demon. Lust was a demon. A bad attitude was a demon. Laziness was a demon. I had someone try to cast out an “Enlow spirit” and I wondered what that spirit was before there were Enlows. As you see, a truth had been restored to the Body of Christ but it went too far.

However, the Lord says we have now gone too far in our correction. Whereas, in past days people essentially tried to cast out “the flesh,” now we are trying to counsel and manage demons. We are taking and recommending medicines and drugs to treat demonic conditions. You don’t manage demons with drugs and counsel—you cast out demons. Yes, the council should precede and then follow-up on the demonic eviction—but demons still need to be cast out.

I have taught a pretty good theory that demons are like flies—they are attracted to garbage. If you get rid of the garbage (lies or whatever it is that needs to be addressed), the flies/demons will leave as well.However, the Lord reminded me that this is only generally true and not a hard rule. He showed me how He, in the Scriptures, cast out demons and that at times, in that act alone, solved the whole problem.

In Matthew 8, He cast out Legion (thousands of demons) from one man, and that very day they saw him in his right mind. He apparently was fixed of the “garbage” at the same time. In Matthew 9, Jesus casts a mute demon out of a man and he immediately could speak. He reminded me when I did that same thing. I didn’t have to cast the demon out and then counsel the garbage out—I just cast the demon out and the root matter was fixed.

In my case, it was actually quite humorous as I discerned a mute/dumb spirit on a man who had not talked in months or years, and so I told him to speak to me in Jesus name. The demon answered, “I can’t talk,” and I had to say, “You are the dumbest spirit ever.” The man was freely talking after we finished casting out the spirit.

I do value the wisdom of Luke 11:24-26 in making sure there is follow-up spiritual “filling up of the house” after demons have been cast out; but there are times where the demon-busting takes care of the issue— body, soul, and spirit. Honestly, this seems to be more indicative of the way Jesus did ministry, and I believe we are about to get a Church-wide upgrade in what is accomplished through exorcising demons. Society is so broken that we need this upgrade as we just don’t, and especially won’t, have the time for the slower process. The days are coming back where someone will get delivered from demons and all addiction is gone for good.

Demons that have confused one’s sexual identity will be cast out, and someone will immediately revert back to proper sexual identity. A lot of “one and done” is coming through the new demon-busting anointing being poured out. We are to remain as God-chasers rather than demon-chasers, but as we chase God and release His love, we are going to see demonic confrontations.

There are over 40 passages in the New Testament that speak into demonic confrontations. Jesus only did what He saw the Father do, yet at every turn He was casting out demons. In Matthew 12:28, He said, “But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you.” Casting out demons remains a definitive sign and mark of the Kingdom coming. It is now going to go to another level.

The Need for “Black and White” Object Lessons

There is almost nothing coincidental about this particular solar eclipse, and virtually every detail is speaking a prophetic message as “the heavens declare the glory of God.

Even as in the natural, millions are positioning themselves to see things “black and white” from the total solar eclipse phenomenon, so too there is a spiritual hunger for black and white truth. Everything seems to be arguable, debatable, and subject to one’s personal interpretation of truth. Even “fake news” is disputable by all, as people pick sides on the news based on their personal prejudices.

The Church is no better in any of this. The good message of grace has settled in so well that it seems to also have sedated our conscience. Profanity, drunkenness, sexual immorality, gossip, drug use, envy, and judgmentalism no longer seem to register on the conscience radar. Preaching or speaking against any of these also seems to be counterproductive as harping on sin rarely gets to root matters.

Social Media—a Demonic Portal?

This leads me to a recent story involving one of my daughters who was at a Christian camp for two weeks. There they experienced much of the work of the Holy Spirit and then over the last few days, some things came to a head involving demonic activity. As I understand it, there ended up being almost an all-night long meeting with the kids being delivered from demon spirits—as this was just next in the Lord’s work in their lives.

One night when my daughter and a handful of friends returned to where they were staying, they all became aware of heightened demonic activity. At least one of the kids was actually able to physically see the demon spirit. Most of them were hearing the spirit and all of them were feeling a very real presence that had them all pressing in to God and frankly quite frightened.

For hours they were speaking in tongues and fighting this demonic presence but not able to gain victory. Suddenly one of the kids said, “Let’s delete every questionable thing off of our social media.” They all went through all their pictures, videos and music—and anything that came to mind as a possible access point for the enemy was deleted. Immediately the demonic presence was gone and never came back. The lesson was amazing.

We give the enemy “portals” through what we embrace on our social media. I had previously had conversations with my daughter as to what the guidelines were for what she allowed herself to be exposed to in music and movies. I had a little concern that though she is a great kid, her taste in movies was a little dark, and some of her music was beyond neutral as well. We had a few conversations, but I could see that she was not understanding what it could hurt to watch movies such as Conjurer. Yet that night of great fear, she and another kid were sensing a repeat scene from that movie.

Amazingly, since that experience, my daughter is a different person as to what she allows in through her social media. Things are “black and white” where they were gray. The demonic confrontation clarified matters and now her appetite for the questionable is gone. Copious hours of worship are now going into her social media experience.

I-35 Highway of Holiness and Demonic Confrontations

Steve ShultzI have had several prophetic words over the years regarding a connection between I-35 and the Isaiah 35 “Highway of Holiness.” I have been shown that even the cities on I-35 will be instrumental in awakening the “Highway of Holiness” (Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Des Moines, Wichita, Minneapolis, Denton, Fort Worth). Because of that, I was interested in exactly where the “path of totality” would cross I-35 as I knew it would be significant. (Photo via clker.com)

Interestingly enough, the total eclipse crosses over I-35 as it is crossing Kansas City. I see Kansas City becoming a portal of Heaven for a true “holiness” movement, not based on legalisms and do’s and don’ts, but on deep affection for God. I also believe that just like I-35 runs through the geographical heart of our nation, so too will God cause a “highway of holiness” to run through the spiritual heart of our nation.

The “black and white” confrontations are going to assist greatly in promoting holiness just like it happened for my daughter and her friends. Demons are going to accelerate the Kingdom of God on earth as God turns situations around for the good. We are not going to have to just count on convincing this generation through preaching at them that certain things are wrong. It is about to become black and white obvious.

I have cast out a spirit named Profanity and so it has always reminded me that though we are free to be “real” with our language, at some point we are crossing over into defilement. I have also cast out a demon named Insomnia, which tells me at some point things can progress beyond natural reasons. I have cast out Cancer, Lust, Hate, Bitterness, Uncleanness, Addiction, Alcoholism, Sexual Immorality and many other demons. All I know is that I saw a vision of the Body of Christ harboring demons, and we need to stop doing this so that we can then carry into creation and society the “glorious liberty” He has for us.

“X” Marks the Spot: Total Eclipse 2024

Finally, let me report that another total solar eclipse will be visible in 7 years in America on April 8, 2024. This is essentially a rare back-to-back experience. As you can see this carries us through a projected Trump Presidency— should he also win the next election, which I believe he will do (according to how I have been shown vs. a political perspective). If you do an internet search for the map that has the pathway for each, you will see it looks like a giant “X” on the United States with Carbondale, Illinois being the city that will be in the path of totality both times—and that is a rarest phenomenon.

Carbondale is in a region known informally as “Little Egypt” which I find quite interesting. In the Bible, Egypt experienced a plague of darkness right before Israel was liberated from 400 years of bondage. America was first settled by the pilgrims approximately 400 years ago, and perhaps this timetable represents America stepping into such an advanced and glorious destiny that it will seem like “bondage” before then. That is what I will be believing for. Meanwhile let the “black and white” clarity from kingdom clashes come over us all. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)

Johnny Enlow
Johnny and Elizabeth

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Johnny Enlow is a social reformer, international speaker, spiritual mentor, and author of The Seven Mountain Prophecy, The Seven Mountain Mantle, and Rainbow God. He and his wife Elizabeth are focused on awakening individuals to their call to provide practical solutions from the heart of God for every problem in society – until the real God of all of life is displayed in the seven primary areas of culture in all nations: Media, Arts and Entertainment, Government, Family, Religion, Economy, and Education.

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August 15-19, 2017
Heaven on Earth Conference – Canada
Regina, Saskatchewan
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September 13, 2017 (7pm)
Christ Community Church
1201 Slate Hill Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011
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September 14-16, 2017
Rainbow God RISE Intensive
Ephrata Community Church
70 Clay School Road, Ephrata, PA 17522
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