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The Post-Cha P arismatic c Era
MorningStar Propheti ic Bulletin No o. 1 (1991) Rick Joy yner Unless otherwise indic cated, all Scrip pture quotation ns are from Th he New Ameri ican Standard d Bible (NASB) ).

It is encouraging to know that God often call ls or speaks to men and movements s more than once. o He o Abraham more than once, o Moses s and others s more than n once. Step phen’s great t sermon spoke to recorded d in Acts ch hapter seven n is a summ mary of the continual c mo oving of God d throughout Israel’s history. Stephen points out how every one of the leaders s sent by God were rejec cted the first time, but accepted d the second d time. God is Speaking S th he Second Time T The hist tory of Israel l and the his story of the church c revea al how God speaks s to Hi is people the e second time to restore r them. Jeremiah 33 3 is called th he restoratio on chapter. “Moreover th he Word of the t Lord came to o Jeremiah the second d time, while e he was yet shut up in n the court of the priso on” (vs.1 KJV) Th hat the word of the Lord would w come to anyone a second time represents s God’s extra aordinary grace to owards His people. p The word came a second tim me because they had rej jected His first word. Even though they had h imprison ned His prop phet for prophesying, God G continue ed to speak to them. y God remains faithful ev ven when we e are unfaithf ful (see II Tim mothy 2:13). Certainly One of the t great err rors of the ch hurch has be een to judge movements by their mos st extreme elements. e One of the t significan nt movemen nts of the las st few decades was the Charismatic C Renewal. Li ike every other mo ove of God, the Charism matic Renew wal had its ex xtremes, which caused the less discerning to reject th he whole mo ovement. In spite of the many proble ems, the Ch harismatic Re enewal was used by God to accomplish a m much, and we w should rejo oice in the good that was s done. Even n so, the Cha arismatic Renewa al is now ove er, but God is i going to move m again and a speak again, a even t to the very ones o who rejected Him in the la ast movement. ish God Uses the Fooli hurch leader rs rejected th he Charismat tic Renewal out of pride. First, they could not ima agine that Some ch God wo ould do anything of sign nificance unle ess it was through t them m. This kind of pride will always

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disqualify us from being a part of a move of God. Others rejected it, not so much because they could not imagine God moving without them, but simply because of the foolishness they saw in many charismatics which they did not want to be identified with. This too is a form of pride and, “God resists the proud, but gives His grace to the humble” (James 4:6). Some foolishness has accompanied every move of God and will accompany the future ones too. In I Corinthians 1:21 we see that in His wisdom God has chosen the foolish things of this world to confound the worldly wise. This foolishness, or seeming foolishness, requires a certain humility for us to press beyond it so that we can find the real treasure and receive the grace of God. This kind of foolishness is a God ordained test for removing the proud and undeserving from the ranks of those He will use. Gideon’s army is a good example of this principle. The strategy that Gideon was given by the Lord appeared to be utter foolishness, but it was exactly what was needed to accomplish the victory. In spiritual matters, human reason will almost always result in “the paralysis of analysis” which destroys our ability to obey God. The Wisdom Of God So some of what appeared to be foolishness in the Charismatic Renewal really was the wisdom of God, but some of it really was human folly. We must learn to discern the difference and remove that which is folly, and an unnecessary stumbling block to sincere seekers. We must honestly evaluate the hard lessons that were learned in the last movement so that we do not make the same mistakes again. The Lord is going to give us another opportunity to do it right. We will again, very soon, see multitudes being converted and being empowered with the Holy Spirit. We must realize the limits of our own wisdom so that we do not automatically disregard that which we do not understand, even when we consider it to be foolishness, but let us quickly discern and repent of that which is our own human folly. There Will Be A Second Harvest Many godly, sincere leaders rejected the Charismatic Renewal be cause they considered it to be Ishmael and not the promised Isaac. These leaders have been sincerely seeking the power of God in their lives and ministries; they just did not think that the Charismatic Renewal represented the real thing. Regardless of whether they are right or not, they are still waiting and seeking the Lord for the true power of the Holy Spirit and they are going to receive it. We are nearing a Second Harvest that is about to sweep even some of the most dry and barren institutional churches and empower them with the Spirit of God. He is speaking the second time as it were, but this time we can avoid the mistakes and excesses of the last move while incorporating its many positive contributions to the spiritual advancement of the church. Even though God is moving a second time because of His great grace, we cannot be presumptuous with His grace—He is also requiring a higher standard of purity and obedience from those who would receive His full endorsement. Judgment Begins with God’s People Because judgment begins with the household of God (I Peter 4:17), we must understand that God is going to discipline the church for her sins before He brings judgment on the world. How could the Lord judge the world if the world can point to His own family, the church, and say, “They do the same things that you are judging us for.” Indeed, the world does now have that excuse and uses it to continue in its rebellion. With our second chance will also come a second, more severe discipline from the Lord. Just as Jeremiah received the word of the Lord a second time as a last warning before the whole land was devastated, the church is likewise in a precarious place. Let us not receive the word of the Lord coming to us again in a spirit of presumption—it is not an endorsement of our present

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condition, but a call to repentance. It is the kindness of God to call us to repentance (see Romans 2:4), but in our own foolishness we often interpret His kindness as a stamp of approval. Salvation or Judgment? Do not be like the rebellious child that has to be told several times before he will obey. That is a profound foolishness when dealing with God. He is patient and full of mercy, He sometimes gives second chances like He is about to give us, but to presume on His patience and mercy is a pride that He is certain to resist. . . “TODAY if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts” (Hebrews 3:15 NAS). We are the ones who will choose if the next move of God will be a day of salvation or a day of judgment. For those who receive the word, repent and order their lives to conform to it, it will be a day of salvation. For those who reject it, or try to use it for their own selfish ends, they will have a more severe judgment, having rejected the word of the Lord twice. Our God is a holy God and He requires that His people be holy as well. The Holy Spirit is first of all just what His name implies— HOLY, and if we are going to be His temple we too must be holy. The Lord is offering the church another chance for renewal. God is speaking the second time and in this we should rejoice. We are now entering a “postcharismatic” era of the Holy Spirit. There is now a wave emerging and gaining momentum. I have seen this wave by the Spirit of God, sweeping over multitudes and engulfing them in life changing power. This new move of God will contain the good from the previous moves and much more to prepare the Church of Jesus Christ for the greatest season of harvest and manifestation of His power, glory and righteousness the world has ever known. Seek His Face, Not Just His Hand Over a million Baptists are about to be endued with this power. The Holy Spirit is already sweeping in and preparing the great Baptist people for a great awakening. Solemn Assemblies are being called by the Holy Spirit, moving them to a holy desperation for Him. The Spirit is moving upon multitudes of Baptists and calling them to a true repentance. They are seeking God’s face and not just His hand, so He will reveal to them His hand (power) as well. He is about to meet them and bless them in a way that greatly exceeds their expectations. The church has now been pressed as far as she can go. We have reached a crisis moment in which only the true power of God can reach such a dislocated, rootless, fatherless and hopeless generation, and God is going to give that power. The Last Day Ministry of the Church Many other evangelical leaders of various groups are also now in desperation seeking God for a fresh Word from heaven. The Word of the Lord is coming to them the second time as well. The Lord is about to give these godly, sincere leaders a reason for believing that His supernatural power is as available today as it was when He Himself walked the earth. Those who, for various reasons, could not see a way to be involved in a past renewal, will soon see integrity of heart, sincerity and reality in this coming time of restoration and visitation that will enable them to lay aside everything that has entangled them to run the race without inhibition to be a part of the last day ministry of the church. Vessels of Power For the great last day ministry of the church, the Lord will take some of the greatest skeptics and make them the greatest believers, able to move mountains with their faith. He will take some of the greatest critics and turn them into the greatest vessels of His mercy. He will take some of the most proud and make them into examples of true, godly humility. He will take some of the least intelligent

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and use them to confound the wisdom of this world. He will take some of the weakest and display through them the works that He did and even greater ones. Just as Saul of Tarsus, the Pharisee of Pharisees and the most desperate enemy of the young church, became the apostle of grace and one of the greatest heroes of the faith, the Lord has a host of such men and women that He is about to confront and radically change. Some of the leaders and denominations that have been the most adamant opposers of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, will soon become some of the greatest champions and vessels of the power of God. The Retreat of the Lukewarm Likewise, many who have been mightily used of God, who have seen the power of God in measure, have become proud, comfortable and lukewarm. Sadly, many who were in the center of previous moves of God do not realize that they have become spiritually blind, naked and poor. God will speak to them again too, calling them to repentance, but as has been the case with every previous move of God, many of these will not go on. The roar of the ocean is made by the retreating waves, not those coming in. Some who were a part of the last move will also make a great deal of noise as they continue their retreat, seeking to undercut the incoming wave, but this next wave will not be stopped and the opposers will soon be forgotten. But God is now saying to all of us—in spite of our mistakes— the shakings, the bondage, the disillusionments, even the criticisms and slander we have used against each other—He is going to give us another chance. There will be a restoration of His Power and Spirit to the degree that every strata of society and every stream within the church will be greatly affected and blessed. Walk in Spiritual Reality For those who have already tasted of the power of God it is time to lay aside everything that encumbers to walk in spiritual reality with integrity and purity of heart. It is time to lay aside the disappointments and failures, and the injuries that have come from being blown about by so many winds of doctrine. The past no longer exists, if we try to live in it we will cease to be a part of what God is doing today. Today is a new day and it is going to be different. Now is the time for us to, in a holy desperation, to lift our voices together to cry out ...”AND NOW, LORD BEHOLD THEIR THREATENINGS: AND GRANT UNTO THY SERVANTS, THAT WITH ALL BOLDNESS THEY MAY SPEAK THY WORD, BY STRETCHING FORTH THINK HAND TO HEAL; AND THAT SIGNS AND WONDERS MAY BE DONE BY THE NAME OF THY HOLY CHILD JESUS” (Acts 4:29,30, KJV). Power Will Come Through Relationship The Lord is going to move in unprecedented power because we are going to need unprecedented power to accomplish the Lord’s purposes in this hour. Let us never make the mistake of seeking the power of God without intimacy with God. Intimacy is a special grace. We can be near to God without being intimate. Judas was near Jesus, but he was not intimate. Intimacy with God, like the grace of God, requires humility. It is no accident that Moses, the prophet who had the most intimacy and power with God was also the most humble. True humility attracts God’s majesty. Only true humility enables us to see the purposes of God without distorting them with our own self-seeking. Moses understood God’s eternal purposes; Moses knew God’s ways, not just His acts (Psalm 103:7). Because of this the Lord spoke to him face to face as friend to friend (Exodus 33:11). That is our first calling—to be the friend of God (John 15:15). When we are His true friend we will have true intimacy— then he can trust us with true power. All are Called to Intimacy with God

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Amos 3:7 (KJV) says: “SURELY THE LORD GOD WILL DO NOTHING, BUT HE REVEALETH HIS SECRET UNTO HIS SERVANTS THE PROPHETS.” The Lord does not do this because He has to, but because His prophets are His friends and He does not want to do anything without including them. Not all are called to be prophets, but all are called to intimacy, and everyone of us can be so close to the Lord that He will want to share His most intimate secrets with us. Being close to Him is something that we can decide to do—He exhorts us to seek Him, to draw near to Him so that He can draw near to us (James 4:8). He has rent the veil for us, we can come boldly before His throne at anytime (Hebrews 4:16). Every one of us is as close to the Lord as we want to be. We need power, but let us not forget that even His power is given to draw men closer to Him. “But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith” (I Timothy 1:5).

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The Spiritual Meaning of the Persian Gulf War
MorningStar Prophetic Bulletin No. 2 (1991) Rick Joyner Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from The New American Standard Bible (NASB).

Significant events which take place in the natural often reflect what is happening in the spiritual realm. The Persian Gulf War is such an event. It is essential that we understand this war because the prayers of the church can be more powerful in effecting world events than all of the politics and weapons combined. Effective prayer moves God, and He is the One who controls the affairs of men. The following are a few of the natural parallels which I believe we should consider in relation to their spiritual applications: 1. When it is time to fight we must fight. The allies did not begin the battle without a mandate from the United Nations. Of course, the church does not get her mandate from the United Nations, but we do need a mandate from the Lord before we begin. We only have authority to the degree that we are under His authority. It is foolish to attack the enemy’s strongholds without a mandate. But when we get the commission we cannot be timid. If the time to fight comes and we do not fight the “paralysis of analysis” will quickly set in. Then we will be defeated by default caused by our own indecision. The church has the general commission to “go therefore and make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:19). But this general commission does not give us the liberty to just go anywhere we want at any time. The Lord does give specific commissions; what He has not addressed specifically in His Word we are to receive directly from His Spirit, which is the biblical procedure (such as when Peter was first directed to go to the Gentiles, when Paul and Barnabas were sent out, when Paul was directed to Macedonia). As the allies have demonstrated, when we get a mandate or commission, we must go after the enemy’s strongholds with everything we’ve got, determined not to compromise on a single point of our mandate. We are told that “the gates of hell will not prevail against the church” (Matthew 16:18). The gates of hell are the enemy’s access points into our lives, our congregations, our cities and our nations. The church has the authority to shut those gates—they cannot prevail against the church. Just as some have sought to use the “anti-war” movements to derail our nation’s resolve in battle, there is a very subtle spiritual anti-war movement that the enemy would use to derail the church’s resolve in spiritual warfare. Idealism is the root of humanism; it is the good side of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and its fruit is just as deadly as the evil side of that same tree. The spiritual anti-war movement is rooted in this idealism and is combined with a subtle fear of the enemy. It is not biblical for us to fear the enemy; the only one whom we are to fear is the Lord. As if to specifically address this problem the Lord stated clearly: “Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall injure you” (Luke 10:19). This does not give us license to walk in presumption. Presumption means “to take for granted, to behave with undue familiarity, to believe something without conclusive evidence.”The higher one’s

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realm of authority or anointing, the more deadly presumption can be. What we may get away with in the Outer Court can get us killed in the Holy Place. Even so, the only true remedy for presumption is the fear of the Lord, not the fear of the enemy, as we will in fact serve that which we fear. That is why Israel was commanded not to fear the gods of the nations who surrounded them; those gods were in fact demons as Paul explained to the Corinthians (see I Corinthians 10:18-22). The rallying cry for the anti-war movement has become “no blood for oil.” Oil represents energy or power. It is a biblical practice for us to anoint with oil because this oil represents the energy or power of the Holy Spirit. It is most interesting that the cry of the anti-war movement would be “no blood for oil,” because that is exactly contrary to reality, both in the natural and in the spiritual. If we are not willing to fight for that most strategic region, the primary energy and power source of the whole world would soon be controlled some of history’s most cruel and irrational despots. The price that we would then have to pay for the oil would be our freedom. Islam means “submission” and world dominion is the foundation of their whole religion. If we did not fight now we would end up submitting to them later. The same is true in the spirit; there is no anointing (oil) without sacrifice. It was by the blood of Jesus that the anointing of the Holy Spirit was given. It is by taking up our crosses daily to follow Him that we are able to walk in the anointing. When we lay aside the cross and the blood we lose the oil. Just as the most contested region of the world is the location of the greatest oil reserves, the same is true in the spirit. Where the greatest controversies are presently found in the body of Christ is precisely where the greatest anointing is to be found. If we do not fight for those areas we will lose the oil, and we have got to fight now! 2. The air war must be implemented first. This speaks of the fact that the war has to be fought in the heavenlies first, by intercession, before we implement the “ground assault” or we will sustain many unnecessary casualties. The initial targets of the air war were the enemy’s communications, radar, nuclear and chemical warfare facilities and missile launchers. These should likewise be the first targets of our prayers—the enemy’s evil communications (what he is using to accuse, slander and malign the brethren), the sources he is using to generate poison (bitterness, jealousy, etc.) and what he is using to launch his “fiery darts” (missiles) at the believers. It is significant that the Iraqi “scud” missiles were almost able to sidetrack the allied strategy. Large numbers of planes and missions were diverted to find the scud missile launchers, even though it was admitted that the scuds were “purely political and psychological weapons with no real military value.” Scud missiles appropriately represent criticism. Criticism can do a little political and psychological damage but really cannot hurt us strategically unless we let it divert us from our course. How many churches, ministries, and movements in history have been knocked off their course by such “scud” missiles that were not really doing any serious damage? We must not overreact to the “scud missiles” that the enemy throws which are purely political and psychological; we must keep our resources directed at the targets that are of true “military” value. One of the most striking characteristics of the allied air assault has been the precision of the weapons. This is an issue we must understand in our intercession. We must know exactly what our targets are and be able to hit them with precision. The apostle Paul said that we do not “box so as to beat the air.” One of the first things that a boxer learns is that every time he swings and misses he will expend far more energy than when he hits his opponent. When we just flail away at principalities and powers that we do not understand we are doing less than nothing, we are exhausting ourselves to the point where the enemy can then throw an easy knockout punch at us. If you do not understand what

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you are doing in intercession against strongholds do not do anything, regardless of what you see others doing. Many immature believers try to cast out demons “by Jesus whom Paul knows” and end up fleeing wounded and naked. We are called to walk in the light, which says that we are supposed to be able to see where we are going. If you cannot see where you are going, stop until you can. We must also have greater precision in our overall strategy. Presently, a massive amount of the church’s resources and energy are being sapped by projects with little or no true spiritual value. The church has got to start putting her resources into weapons that are not carnal and that are able to hit the targets. Another relevant characteristic of the allied air strategy is that different types of aircraft were used for different types of missions. The stealth fighters attacked the enemy radar; the British had aircraft with weapons specially designed to destroy enemy runways; F-111s attacked missile bunkers, nuclear and chemical facilities; B- 52s carpet-bombed enemy fortifications; F-14s provided air cover protection from enemy fighters. The body of Christ is going to have to come to this same type of specialization and coordination if we are going to be effective in our purpose. A congregation will not prevail against the gates of hell into that congregation until there is unity among the different members. The church in a city will not be able to prevail against the gates of hell into that city until there is unity among the different congregations in the church in that city. Likewise, it is going to take apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers who are able to work together in harmony for the church to be properly equipped. No single movement or denomination is complete and will not be truly effective in its commission until it learns to interchange with and function in harmony with the others. Each has its specific purpose but if they are not coordinating with each other they are at best falling far short of their purpose—at worst we will continue attacking and bombing each other. Presently we have far more casualties from “friendly fire” than from the enemy. 3. We must be patient in beginning the ground war (evangelism). Until the enemy has been bound in heaven he will not be bound on earth. Only that which has been loosed in heaven can be loosed on the earth. Our evangelism will be far more effective when we learn to accomplish all that can be accomplished in the air first. Even so, the war will not be won until there is an effective ground assault. It will not happen with intercession alone; we have got to preach the gospel. We have got to send evangelists into the fields, with pastors and teachers following them to hold the ground that is taken. When the ground war begins the air war does not stop, but it does change its strategy. When the ground assault begins, much of the air force becomes subject to the ground forces, who call for specific attacks on specific targets. Those who go into the field should have the same kind of communication with intercessory prayer teams to give them specific directives for prayer. Now “the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God for the pulling down of strongholds” (II Corinthians 10:4). “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12).Wrestling is as close as you can get in combat. It is not true spiritual warfare if there is no encounter with the enemy. The ones that we are called to wrestle with are the principalities and powers. These are not low level demons. As Paul exhorted the Ephesians, we have to “be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might” and “Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the enemy” (Ephesians 6: 10-11). This is a very real conflict and it must be waged with the utmost seriousness, responsibility and care.

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Concerning the physical war in the Gulf, it is Satan’s intention to escalate this conflict into a world war and to use it to destroy whole nations and millions of people. Syria is the pivotal nation that will determine if this happens. At the same time the Soviet Union is on the verge of anarchy that will also result in the deaths of multitudes and a worldwide economic panic. This is one of the most dangerous and possibly one of the darkest years the world has faced for a long time. The world needs to see a light in this darkness. Like Gideon, let us tear down the altars we have made to the gods of this world and build an altar to the Lord in their place. Let us pick up our little lights (truth) and trumpets (messages) and attack the camp of the enemy with what we have—it is enough to put his whole army to flight! Part II In the last issue of “The Morning Star Newsletter” I shared a dream that I had on November 3, 1990 about the impending Middle East War. That war has now become a fact and the rest of the dream is unfolding. The following is a brief review of that dream and the implications. In the dream I saw multitudes of fighter planes departing at an amazing speed. I knew that they were going to war. As I looked in the direction that they were going, it was as if I were on a cliff standing over a large city by the sea shore. As I looked I saw six large sailing ships (windjammers) rise on the waves and come crashing down the streets of this city. As the ships tumbled down the streets they were being destroyed and were doing significant damage in the city. The dream then changed and I was standing in front of a doorway. A man came out of the door and gave me a cup, and said, “This cup is 1931.” I knew that the planes taking off at such amazing speed represented the speed with which we were going to war. The sailing ships represented those who are blown about by the wind (unstable); they will be the primary casualties of this war and will do damage to even the more stable works (the city) as they begin to fall apart. The year 1931 was the year before the Great Depression began, and that is the cup we have been given to drink—we are on the very edge of a significant economic collapse. There were prophecies that there would be no war; the war came. The same will be true of the economic troubles; there will be many prophesying “peace and safety” for the economy, but a collapse is coming. Do not be deceived by temporary good news about the economy; everything that can be shaken is about to be shaken. But we do have a kingdom which cannot be shaken. If we are building our lives upon that kingdom we will be able not only to endure what is coming, but we will be in a position to take advantage of the conditions for the sake of the gospel. There are specific, essential efforts that we must make in preparation for what is coming. Briefly they are: 1. We must Seek the Lord. We should NOT seek Him for what we should do but because He is what we are to be doing. Our first calling is into fellowship with the Son, to be conformed into His image and to follow Him wherever He goes. We may know exactly what is about to happen in the world, but if we are not abiding in Christ we will almost certainly be in the wrong place at the wrong time and suffering the wrong consequences. If we are abiding in Him we will be in the right place at the right time, doing the right thing, regardless of whether we know what is going on or not. READ: Matthew 6:25-34, Hebrews 12. 2. We must become an established, fruitful, functioning member of the body of Christ. No one is properly joined to the Head who is not also properly joined to His body, the church. Forget about trying to find the perfect church with the perfect leader(s); they do not yet exist on this earth. (Besides, if they did exist we would probably mess them up by joining them!) The only ones who can expect

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perfection are those who are perfect. Those who are blown about by every new wind of doctrine, every new movement and are moved more by dissatisfaction and impatience than by the Spirit are not going to make it through what is coming. Of course we must remain open to the new things that the Lord is doing, but we can only receive them properly when we receive them from a solid foundation of maturity and stability. READ: 1 Corinthians 3:3-6,10:16-17, 11:23-30, Ephesians 4. 3. We must get rid of our excess baggage. We must get out of debt and get out of everything else that is entangling us, sapping our time, strength and resources and keeping us out of God’s will for our life. To the degree that the world and the prince of this world has his grip on us, it has been used to keep us out of God’s will. Debt is one of Satan’s most effective yokes to keep the church neutralized and powerless. It does not matter how badly you are presently entangled, or how disobedient you have been to His previous warnings, if you repent now without compromise or wavering, He will help you. (NOTE: Our most recent book release, LEADERSHIP, Management and the Five Essentials for Success, includes the answers to many of the practical questions that are addressed to us on this subject. If you cannot afford our asking price for this book just send what you can with a note of explanation and we will send it to you.) READ: Deuteronomy 15:6, 28:12, Proverbs 22:7. 4. We must go on the offensive spiritually. The Persian Gulf War is a parallel of what is about to happen in the spirit. The Persian Gulf War is a righteous war; it is one that we had to fight. If we did not fight it now it would have been far more costly later. Even so, we should not be as concerned about the war that is going on in the natural as the one that is going on in the spirit of which this natural war is only a reflection. This particular war is against the Biblical “prince of Persia” whose contemporary name is “Allah.” This is the same principality that resisted the prophet Daniel. Its primary strategy is the subjection and then destruction of all who call upon the true God, just as we see in its schemes to destroy Daniel when he prayed to the Lord. This is not the only battle that the church is in but it is the major one that is raging at this time. Our warfare is for the destruction of strongholds so that the people can be saved. It is time to pray for the destruction of the stronghold of Islam and the salvation of the Arab people. Before we can effectively launch a spiritual offensive against this stronghold, its grip on us must be removed. Strongholds are deceptions, or misconceptions. A part of the strategy of the stronghold of Islam has been to erect misconceptions about Arabs in the minds of Christians as well as the reverse. Presently this stronghold has a grip on Christians through fear, intimidation and misunderstanding. We must respond to the fears and intimidation with courage and boldness and cast off the misunderstandings we have about the Arab people. We tend to perceive them in the light of the more extreme elements in their religion, just as they tend to perceive Christians by the extremists in our midst (who have historically been just as cruel, intolerant and even murderous as any Moslem fundamentalists have). Generally, Moslems are kind, generous, hospitable and have the highest standards of honor and integrity. Our offensive against the stronghold of Islam is not an attack upon the Arab people. We are commanded to “honor all men” (I Peter 2:17). We must honor the Arabs for that which is honorable, respect them for that which is worthy of respect and above all, love them because God loves them and gave His Son for them.

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King Solomon said that there is a time for war and a time for peace (Ecclesiastes 3:8). We must be discerning of the times if we are going to be effective in our calling. One who has been in a conflict or battle knows that there is no other sensation quite like the level of consciousness, intensity and focused vision that comes in the battle. Those who do not wake up to the circumstances when the battle begins will be in the most jeopardy. It is now time for war; the battle has begun. It is time to go after the strongholds of the enemy without relenting until the gates of hell have been shut.

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Concentration of Forces
MorningStar Prophetic Bulletin No. 3 (1991) Rick Joyner Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from The New American Standard Bible (NASB).

The Scriptures frequently use military metaphors to describe our spiritual conflict because the principles are similar. One of the oldest and most effective military strategies is called concentration of forces. This strategy was employed for many in the most decisive military victories in history, including the recent Persian Gulf War. This strategy is about to be employed by the church to accomplish some of the most spectacular spiritual victories realized in centuries. The Battle for Hearts Battles usually unfold along lines of confrontation. From these lines each side will try to maintain defensible positions while probing the enemy lines to find a point where a breakthrough can be made. If a breakthrough can be accomplished at any point, the entire enemy line will then collapse and retreat to keep from being surrounded by the penetrating forces. The spiritual battles for the hearts of men are likewise formed along spiritual lines of confrontation. Just as most wars include different battles on different fronts, the same is true of our present spiritual conflict. Battles lines have been formed along the strategic positions of different truths. Some of the battles now being fought are on the fields of the sanctity of life, church authority and government, the family, taking our cities, mission strategy, and the church’s relationship to Israel, the use of spiritual gifts, etc. Even though we are all in the same Army of God, it is appropriate for many Christians to become aligned with a specific force fighting a specific battle. The Key to Victory Each battle for a specific truth is also being fought over a different spiritual landscape with different strategies. The key to victory in each battle is accomplishing a breakthrough. When we see one city truly taken for the Lord, Christians all over the earth will rise up with an unprecedented zeal to take their cities, and many more will be secured as spiritual fortresses of truth and righteousness. In the last few years there have been some advances in accomplishing changes in the spiritual atmosphere over certain cities, but at best we have only pushed back the enemy lines a little bit in some areas— we still have not had a real breakthrough on this front. The Battle for Our Cities The advances that have been made in the battle for our cities have caused many more Christians to become aligned with the strategy of spiritual warfare for our cities. This has created a significant mobilization of forces. The key to the breakthrough will be the application of overwhelming force at a single point along the enemy lines. The enemy lines in this battle include every city and town, but the major points of conflict include just a few where the churches are coming together in unity to see revival come to their city and change the spiritual atmosphere over it. If just one world class city is taken, the enemy will then be in retreat in other major cities of the world. These lines need to tee strengthened and advanced as far as possible. but the concentration of forces will form around just a

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few that are chosen strategically by the Lord. Here overwhelming force will be applied at a point that will cause a breakthrough. A Replay of the Sixties As this decade unfolds it will become almost a replay of the 1960's. Many of the social forces that surfaced in the 60's will continue to arise until they dominate our attention, only this time it will be more intense. There will be world-wide conflicts with racism, countercultural and anarchic forces. In the midst of the confusion and conflict created by these forces will be some of the greatest opportunities for the gospel. A light is only needed when there is darkness and the entire world will soon be groping for light. We must now be sure that we have the light and that we live by that light. The Battle of Racism In many of the points of conflict between the truth and the lies of the enemy, the church has made no more progress than society in general. The church is called to be more than a reflection of the condition of society—the church is called to be the light that shows the way, the thermostat, not the thermometer. In the battle of racism the church has not made any more progress than society in general, and in some areas lags far behind society. This will be one of the main points of conflict between light and darkness in this decade and the church must now find the light and carry it as a beacon. The Battle for Children Another one of the most desperate spiritual battles during this decade will be for the hearts of our children. This battle has been raging and is actually going to intensify. If we do not now gird ourselves for this increasingly intense battle, we will be pushed back and lose our children to the enemy on an unprecedented level. We cannot be content to just hold our ground—we must aggressively go for a breakthrough and push the enemy back. Everything that the enemy is seducing our children with is a counterfeit for the true desire of their hearts—a genuine relationship with God who is all powerful, all wise and who loves them. Created for Fellowship With the intensity of the battle increasing, our children will not be kept in the fold by just having a good youth program. They will not be satisfied by good sermons or good Sunday School lessons. Men were created to have fellowship with God, who is Spirit— there is a spiritual void in every one of us that will be filled, either by the Holy Spirit or by an evil spirit. There is a hunger in every human being for a relationship with the supernatural, and this hunger is acutely felt during adolescence. If adolescents are denied a relationship with the supernatural power of God they will be extremely vulnerable to experimentation with evil, supernatural powers. Even though witchcraft has grown at a staggering rate in the last few decades, it will grow even faster in this decade if the church does not increase the battleground for the supernatural. True Christianity is a supernatural walk, as the Bible makes abundantly clear. The Need for Discernment One of the significant vulnerabilities of the church today is in the area of discernment. Many Christians do not recognize the enemy until he is well within their camp and has established a powerful stronghold. We must learn to discern the spiritual forces behind such things as music and movies. Just because a movie is rated PG, that does not mean that it is alright for our children to watch it. A

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PG-13 movie with demonic influence will have more power to seduce than an R or X rated movie that is just carnal in origin. If the church is to walk in truth we must have and use the spiritual gift of discernment and not rely upon such secular ratings and information sources. In the battle for the hearts of our children the enemy is not going to play fair; he is going to employ the most horrible and cruel means available to him. He is already circulating books, movies, television programs and music of such demonic power that an encounter with them of an unprotected soul will result in spiritual oppression or possession. If the church does not wake up in this area and aggressively assault the enemy’s positions, there is going to be an astonishing increase of violence committed by children against their parents or other adults. Destroying Strongholds This is not intended to impart fear, but wisdom. We cannot give our children over to the world to have their minds formed and expect them to grow up as Christians. The whole world really does lie in the power of the evil one. We really do live in enemy territory but regardless of our theology or eschatology, our purpose here is not to hide, but to raid the enemy at every opportunity and destroy his strongholds of darkness whenever we can, establishing our own fortresses of light. As the countercultural forces begin to assert themselves again in this decade, seeking to disorient and subject our youth, it is time for the church to make its greatest advance with the culture (lifestyle) of the kingdom of God. This is far more than the religious forms and programs that church has often been reduced to. Church is twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. We must be delivered from our bondage to buildings and programs if we are going to be a part of the mighty force the Lord is now assembling. The true Biblical Christian lifestyle will be far more appealing to everyone, including our youth, than anything that the enemy can present. The reason why so many of our children and youth have been rejecting the church is because they have not yet seen the real church. When they do see it, it will be the desire of their heart because it will be a reflection of the way men were created to live. God-Ordained Movements There will be many God-ordained movements in the 90's seeking to reestablish the church on Biblical foundations. Some of these will drift into dogmatic extremes as has happened with every previous movement, but even if they drift off of the course at times they will accomplish much. Even so, we must understand that to be culture centered, church centered, or even kingdom centered, is idolatry. We must be King centered. Our calling is to grow up into Christ, not the church and not the kingdom. We are not called to follow the kingdom, but to follow the King. We preach about His kingdom and His ways as a reflection of His character, but our loyalty is to Him. We are loyal to His kingdom and His church because they are His, but they must never be exalted in our devotion above Him. Allowing a doctrine or ideal to become central is what causes so many movements to drift off the course. The Centrality of Christ The most important thing that we can do for our children is for us to get closer to the Lord ourselves. The culture of the church the way that it is supposed to be can be appealing, but we are not called to convert people to the church, but to Christ. As appealing as the culture of the church can be, it will never be as appealing as a relationship to the Lord Himself. There is nothing in the universe as appealing as the Son of God. When He is lifted up, all men are drawn to Him. There is nothing on earth as contagious as intimacy with the Lord and there is no one on earth who is as attractive as someone who is truly close to Him. Besides this, we will only live in the kingdom of God to the degree that we are intimate with the King Himself. Even the kingdom of God would be a boring and empty place without the presence of the King.

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Distinguishing Presence When Moses was commanded to lead Israel to the Promised Land, a type of the Kingdom of God, his reply was that he did not want to go anywhere unless the presence of the Lord went with them, because that was the only way that Israel could be distinguished from all of the other nations (see Exodus ). The same is true of the church. If the presence of the Lord is not with us, we can have the most perfect ideals, doctrine or culture, but we will not really be different enough to distinguish us from all of the other ideals and cultures on the earth. The conflict at the end of the age will not be fought merely in the realm of doctrines or ideals, but in the very presence of both the Lord and Satan. Just as the supernatural power and presence of the enemy will become increasingly manifest in his people, the supernatural power and presence of the Lord will become increasingly manifest in His people. To try to wage this battle in the realm of just doctrines and ideals will be to find yourself caught and exposed in the “no man’s land” between the lines of conflict. Those who do not know the supernatural power and presence of the Lord will soon find themselves increasingly subject to the supernatural power and presence of the enemy. The Word and the Spirit The Lord did not just preach the kingdom of God, He demonstrated it with power. The apostle Paul affirmed that his preaching was not just in persuasive words of wisdom, but in power and in demonstrations of the Spirit. He also affirmed that “the kingdom does not consist in words, but in power” (I Corinthians 4:20). The true message must come in both truth and power. As the Lord explained to the Pharisees they erred not knowing both the Scriptures and the power of God (Malt. 22:29). We too will be in error if we do not know both the Scriptures and the power of God. The church has, for most of this century, been divided into camps of those who focused on Biblical scholarship and those who focused on the power. There must and will be a union of these two camps before the church is delivered of her errors in both doctrine and practice. Scripture and Power When there is a marriage of the power of God and true Biblical scholarship (not just scholarship), the Lord will then have a people that He can endorse with unprecedented power and unprecedented truth. When Daniel was given his visions he was told to “seal up the books until the end” (Daniel 12:4). Many of the other Biblical prophecies, such as the Book of Revelation, have been sealed until the end. Likewise, the Lord has reserved the greatest release of power until the end, the “greater works” that He spoke of in . The decade of the nineties will witness an increasing crossover and interchange between the streams and denominations of those who are “mighty in the Scriptures” and those who are devoted to seeing the power of the Holy Spirit released. This is a significant cant sign that we are nearing the last battle. As the Lord warned the Pharisees, “You err not know the Scriptures and the power of God” (Man. 22:29). We will be in error to the degree that we do not know both the Scriptures and the power of God. Humility and Openness Those from each of these camps who refuse to be a part of this interchange will become increasingly subject to the errors and extremes that come from the lack of this interchange.“God resists the proud but gives His grace to the humble” (James 4:6). One of the greatest demonstrations of pride is our refusal to be open to those who are different from us. One of the greatest demonstration of humility is a genuine openness to those who are different. To make it through these times we are all going to need as much grace of God as we can get, so let us pursue humility with the resolution that it now deserves.

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Building the Same Wall At the same time that we are becoming more open and tolerant towards those who are different from us, FOCUS will be an increasingly important issue. As we all draw closer to the Lord, we will receive increasing clarity concerning His purpose for us. Like in Nehemiah’s time, each family will be given a specific part of the wall to complete, but all of us will be working on the same wall to stand together as one people. Those who devote themselves to knowing the healing power of God will, be not only tolerant of those who devote themselves to search the Scriptures, but will rely on them for teaching, edification and correction. When the person who has devoted himself to searching the Scriptures and teaching has need of healing, he will also know where to go. As we are all able to specialize on specific callings, the light we are given will become more focused. When light is focused enough it becomes a laser. The more focused the light becomes the more powerful it will be and the more resistance that it can cut through. Maturity and Focus When the eye becomes single (focused) the whole body will be full of light. The more light that we have the more potential that we have for power. The more the light is focused the more the power that is released. This is a basic form of concentration of forces. Until now, the Lord has not been able to entrust us with weapons of great power because we were more prone to use them upon one another than on the enemy. As we mature in tolerance and understanding of the entire scope of the battle and our place in it, and are able to recognize those who are on our side even though they may have a different function, the Lord will be able to give us spiritual laser weapons powerful enough to penetrate even the greatest of the enemy’s strongholds. Battlefields Of The Nineties by Rick Joyner Concentration of Forces in Atlanta in 1996 One of the cities where we will see a concentration of forces will be Atlanta, Georgia in 1996. During the American Civil War it was prophetically spoken that “the battle for Atlanta will decide the fate of the South.” This prophecy proved to be true. There were many more spectacular battles during the war, but possibly none that proved more strategic in deciding the war. Lessons from History Through 1864 the anti-war movement had been growing dramatically in the North, while General Lee and his Confederate Army at Richmond held their ground and inflicted terrible losses on the Union army that faced them. When it looked like popular sentiment was going to topple Lincoln’s government and the Union resolve to continue the war, a breakthrough was desperately needed. General Grant, unable to defeat Lee, sent his Western forces around the Confederate rear to take the city of Atlanta that was supplying the Southern army by rail. Strategic Battles Decide the War After days of intense fighting it looked like the Battle of Atlanta was going to be another impasse, which would have been a defeat for the North. Then General Sherman concentrated his reserves at Jonesboro, just South of Atlanta, for one last major thrust. There was a breakthrough and the Confederates were forced to abandon Atlanta. With the supply lines broken, Lee’s position at Richmond was untenable and his army began to collapse. The Battle of Atlanta did seal the fate of the South. The spiritual battle for Atlanta will be of the same kind of strategic significance. Assaulting the Spiritual Forces of Darkness

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Atlanta is now the cultural center of the South and a true world class city. Cultural centers often reflect their spiritual significance as culture is a reflection of prevailing spiritual powers. The South is still one of the enemy’s greatest strongholds for one of his most effective lies keeping men in darkness— RACISM. There have been significant advances against the forces of racism in the South, and there may be less racism in much of the South now than in the North, but there has not by any means been a victory over this terrible enemy of truth and righteousness. We cannot settle for advances, we must assault the forces of darkness until they are completely eradicated or there will be no peace. The Spiritual Battle of Racism The spiritual battle of racism has been waged since the Tower of Babel. The primary light that casts out the darkness of racism is the truth that God does not judge men by the color of their skin, but judges the heart, and so should we. This truth has made substantial advances in some areas, reverses in others. In much of the South there is now less confrontational racism than in many cities of the North. In most of the South there has been an uneasy truce between the confrontational forces, but neither side has laid down their arms and their fortresses continue to face each other. The complete victory over racism has not yet been accomplished anywhere and this battle is about to rage again along the entire front. An Approaching Spiritual Conflict It is no accident that the Olympics are coming to Atlanta in 1996. Just as the Olympics represent the contest of the best athletes, or physical forces from all nations, cultures and races, what will be taking place in the physical will just be a reflection of what will be happening in the spiritual realm. The cultural and spiritual forces of the world are being assembled in Atlanta for one of the ultimate spiritual conflicts. A City for God Atlanta in 1996 will be one of the greatest opportunities the church has had to engage and breakthrough some of the enemy’s most powerful strongholds. It will take a great concentration of forces, but the next three years will witness that in Atlanta. Believers from all over the world will feel called to go to Atlanta. Churches all over the world will begin praying for the church in Atlanta. Some of the church’s important spiritual generals will be raised up there in the form of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, who will effectively equip the saints for the work that they have been c ailed to, and will lead them with strategy and vision. The best soldiers will be defeated if they do not have good generals, and the best generals will still be defeated without good troops. Both are needed and are needed now in Atlanta. A great spiritual breakthrough in Atlanta will result in other strategic breakthroughs around the world. We can all be a part of this victory by praying for and supporting the work there. Other Battlegrounds of Racism There are other cities where the battle of racism will rage with increasing intensity, three of which are Berlin, Johannesburg and Jerusalem. We will also continue to see ethnic wars increase such as the one presently raging in the former nation of Yugoslavia. One of the most dangerous conflicts to arise in decades will originate around Armenia. The extraordinary danger of this conflict will be the way in which it draws in the other former Soviet Republics that will result in numerous tactical nuclear weapons falling into the hands of Islamic terrorists and terrorist states who will not hesitate to use them.

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The Battle for Communications Another one of the spiritual battlefields where we are seeing a great concentration of forces is in communications. It is no accident that the worldwide press will be assembled in Atlanta to cover the Olympics in 1996, and that CNN, which is based in Atlanta, has attained the worldwide stature that it has. Communication is important for the spread of the gospel. The Lord used Alexander the Great to conquer the known world with a vision of extending the Greek culture and language so that when the gospel was preached there would be a common language that was understood by almost everyone. In this way Alexander the Great helped prepare the way for the spread of the gospel. Many of the great awakenings and revivals in history were preceded by significant technological advances. The greatest advance of the gospel of all times came after the invention of the printing press. It was no accident that the very first book that came off of the very first press was the Bible. This advancement signaled the end of the Dark Ages. Using Communications and Technology for the Kingdom of God The increase of knowledge is neither a positive or negative event spiritually—it can and will be used for both. We must not automatically give such mighty tools of communication over to the devil, but seize and use them for the kingdom. The antichrist may or may not try to use a giant computer for his evil devices, but that does not make computers evil. It should make us even more determined to use computers for the gospel (while praying for a Holy Ghost computer virus to inflict his system with). We must not give any ground to the enemy, it does not belong to him. “The he earth and all it contains is the Lord’s” (Psalm 24:1). Radio, television, computers and other such technology is not the devil’s and cannot be used by him except to the degree that we allow it. Praying for the Media One morning I was in a small prayer meeting in Charlotte with a handful of spiritual leaders from the city. We prayed for the conversion of the Charlotte Observer Newspaper. This paper had been a real “Saul of Tarsus,” constantly seeking to find and print religious scandals. Within a week of our prayer, the publisher put his own testimony of conversion in the paper and there has been a very marked difference in its religious coverage since. It is by no means a Christian paper, and it still occasionally throws barbs at the church, but there is a measurable difference in its coverage. We do not intend to stop praying for it until it becomes a standard of news coverage that is committed to truth, integrity and fairness. It is counterproductive for us to spend our time complaining about the liberal news media, governments or other problems when that same time and energy could be spent in praying for them. One of the most revolutionizing truths that many of us need to comprehend is that the Lord really does hear our prayers and He has delegated to as the awesome authority that what we bind in heaven will be bound on earth, and what we loose in heaven will be loosed upon the earth. Christians should be praying for every radio station, television station newspaper of other source of information in their geographical region. A Common Language Since World War II the English language has become a similar universal language to the way Greek was used during the first century. For the last forty years English has been the second language taught in the schools of almost every nation, including the former Soviet Union. Now the news that is broadcast around the world on CNN and other international stations is understood in a common language. There will be individual newscasts on secular stations made by heathen reporters that will

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accomplish more for the spreading of the gospel than the Christian networks will have accomplished during their entire existence. This is not to imply that the Christian networks are not accomplishing anything, but when the news of revival and the great acts of God are promulgated by secular, spiritually neutral newscasters, it will have an unprecedented impact on viewers. I am sharing this for the purpose of asking you, your prayer groups, or your churches, to start praying for the conversion of both Ted Turner and the staff at CNN as well as the news media in your own city or region. Many of these will be used to fan the flames of revival. The Battle For Music Music will be another great battleground during the nineties. In many ways the 1990's will be like a recycled 1960's only the intensity will be increased a level. Just as the music of the Beatles and other groups both prophesied and gave direction to the great social upheavals of that period, music is going to again play a major role in setting the spiritual climate of this decade. The Universal Language Music is called “the universal language” because of its ability to cross almost every social and political barrier. Music is a spiritual language that can reach beyond the intellect to touch the heart. Those who know this “universal language” have a powerful weapon in the war for the hearts of men. The Lord is calling forth an army of musical warriors who will be used like spiritual artillery to bombard some of the enemy’s greatest strongholds, such as racism, drugs, pornography and spiritualism. The Lord is going to anoint songs that attack these strongholds and their message will start becoming popular across society. We Must Guard Our Children Satan is going to counter with demonically inspired music that sow the seeds of hate and moral degeneration on an unprecedented level. His special targets will be violent crimes against children and women. He will also use children to do his violence and some of the most heinous crimes will be committed by children. WE MUST GUARD OUR CHILDREN FROM SATANICALLY INSPIRED MUSIC. Those who are not responsible in watching over the spiritual influences of their children are likely to pay a very high price for their negligence. God’s Anointing on “Cross-Over” Musicians The Lord is anointing some of His minstrels to become “cross over” artists to reach secular audiences. The Lord is going to give the youth alternative role models to the popular moral and social degenerates that are now followed by many. The Lord is going to anoint some of His minstrels with a new sound that will capture men’s attention and sow the seeds of the gospel in their hearts, without ever mentioning the Lord or sounding like religious music. These minstrels are true evangelists who are called just to sow seeds that others will reap. It is important for these minstrels not to look religious or talk “religioneze.” Neither should they copy the world’s style. Those who are patient enough to wait on the Lord for this new music will also be given a new style that has more class and appeal than anything that the world can offer. True Christianity has a class and nobility that exceeds and is more appealing than anything the world can offer. Reclaiming Music for His Purposes It is no accident that Country Music is becoming the most popular music around the world. This music was born in the church and the Lord is reclaiming it for His purposes. Many more top country music artists will be born again and be mightily used by the Lord. The Lord is going to bring down many mountains and hills and raise up many valleys and low places. Country music, that has always been

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considered the music of the lower classes, is about to be given more class and esteem than any other kind of music and will be used to inspire multitudes to rise above their spiritual and physical poverty. This will help to result in some of the poorest sections of the country actually becoming some of the wealthiest and most socially stable. New Worship Music Will Soon Arise The musical rut that much of the church has been in was simply a reflection of the spiritual rut that much of the church has been in. Both are about to get out of this rut. There is a new worship music that will soon arise with a fresh new sound. This new worship music will span the generations and become popular with the old and young alike. Just as some popular music did originate in hell, with the writers claiming to have received the music from spiritual powers, the Lord is going to release in His church the music that He loves, that has its origin in heaven. Many of the Lord’s minstrels will have experiences of being caught up into the heavens to hear the music of heaven. Others will be given music and spiritual songs in dreams and visions. The power of this heavenly music will radically impact and enlighten Christian’s everyday lives as it imparts a true spirit of worship and adoration for the Lord. This music will also draw multitudes of unbelievers to the faith. Minstrels as Frontline Soldiers The church must begin to recognize its minstrels as frontline soldiers in the battle for this generation. A new vision for music evangelism is going to arise so that many music ministries will become recognized as true missionaries instead of mere entertainers. These ministers and missionaries need to be spiritually equipped and supported like every other ministry. Music will be one of the main spiritual battlegrounds of the nineties and has the potential for providing one of the greatest spiritual breakthroughs in the war against darkness. The Battle For Our Children Another great spiritual battleground during this decade will be for the hearts of our children and youth, just as we witnessed during the sixties. The enemy is presently empowering authors of books, music and television to plant seeds of doubt and hatred toward parents and authority figures in general. This will result in increasing violence by children and teenagers toward parents, adults, and the elderly. Some of the most heinous crimes during this decade will be in this category. The Need to Follow Biblical Mandates Those who fail to discipline their children according to the Biblical mandate will find themselves being disciplined by their children, or worse. Those who fail to monitor and control the books their children read, music they listen to, or the movies and programs their children watch, will soon see forces of evil arising in their children of the most extreme and demonic type. Pray for Christian Parents Now is the time for us to pray like never before for all Christian parents, for Christian children and youth workers, Christian children’s book authors, non-Christian children’s book authors that they might be converted, as well as children’s television and radio program producers. We need to pray for all teachers, principals and school boards. Recognizing the Importance of Children and Youth Ministries

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The church must start to recognize that its children and youth ministries are as important as any other ministry in the church. Children and youth ministers are not called to be babysitters, but equippers of a generation that has been destined from the foundation of the world to stand and confront the enemy in the world’s darkest hour. The Lord will greatly bless, prosper and anoint the congregations who devote their resources and give themselves to children and youth ministries that truly equip the coming generation. Unprecedented Breakthroughs are Coming If the church will mobilize against the strategy of the enemy during this decade, we will have unprecedented breakthroughs on every battleground. The gates of hell cannot prevail against the church. The gates of hell are the enemy’s access points, what he is using to gain entrance into our cities, schools, churches and families. If we will discern his gates and assault them we can close them. We can have cities of peace; we can have schools where truth prevails and we can have television and radio programs that lift up the highest moral and ethical standards. We can have a prevailing popular music that exalts the Lord and stirs men to walk in truth and worship the true God.

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