By Rick Joyner. Rick Joyner says, "We have tended to over-focus on the end of the age-the end times. But this is not just the end, it's the beginning of a new age when Christ will rule over the earth! For the church to reclaim the high ground of hope for the future, we must begin to proclaim the beginning, the coming of the kingdom. It includes encouragement for weary church leaders as well as the second part of The Hordes of Hell are Marching, illustrating the unified church rising as an army in the most pivotal battle of all time between the light and darkness. All rights reserved.
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By Rick Joyner. Rick Joyner says, "We have tended to over-focus on the end of the age-the end times. But this is not just the end, it's the beginning of a new age when Christ will rule over the earth! For the church to reclaim the high ground of hope for the future, we must begin to proclaim the beginning, the coming of the kingdom. It includes encouragement for weary church leaders as well as the second part of The Hordes of Hell are Marching, illustrating the unified church rising as an army in the most pivotal battle of all time between the light and darkness.
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Used by permission. Christian life—Miscellanea. Private revelations. Title: Prophetic vision for the twenty-first century. I would like to dedicate this book to the generation of my parents, my generation, and the generation of my children. My generation has continued the good fight and helped prepare the map for the future.
It will be the generation of my children that will probably fight the last battle for truth. In each of these generations His ways are wonderfully revealed. She pieced together my messages in order to present my prophetic perspective for the future. I think she did a better job than I could have done. In the last days, the Lord will pour forth of His Spirit on all mankind, and the result will be that prophecy will flow through all of His servants.
This will include both men and women, old and young. However, this pouring out of the Spirit and prophecy will be not just for our entertainment but also because we will need it to accomplish the last-day mandate of the church. I have experienced a considerable amount of prophecy in my own life. After my conversion in , I have had, at times, an ability to foresee certain future events accurately, but usually in a very general sense.
I could also occasionally look at people and know details about them, such as problems they were having or spiritual callings on their life. I understood this ability to be the biblical gifts of a word of knowledge and prophecy. Though I understood the usefulness of these gifts in ministry to people, I did not have much interest in the biblical prophecies of end-time events. For the next eighteen years, I did not seek visions, revelations, or the knowledge to understand these end times and remained mostly ignorant of many of the popular end-time scenarios taught within the church.
I have actually been much more oriented toward church history than seeking to know impending events. After several years in the full-time ministry, I was convicted that I was shallow in my personal relationship with the Lord, and, therefore, in my ministry as well. I felt like a real Martha, busy doing so many things for Him that I never really got to know Him. My lack of intimacy with the Lord caused me to lean more on formulas and procedures than the anointing that is essential to giving life to truth.
In , I determined to leave the ministry until I had recovered the simplicity of devotion to Christ. I was a pilot by profession, so I took a job flying corporate aircraft.
This gave me a lot of free time for study and prayer. I found a church where I could sit on the back row and just enjoy the fellowship of the people. I was not involved in ministry for the next seven years. Nor did I receive any prophetic revelation or operate in the gifts of the Spirit during that time. In , I received a specific call to return to the ministry. At the same time, a business opportunity opened. I still felt inadequate and shallow about my ministry.
I also had just received the worse personal attack I had ever experienced from the enemy. That attack made me feel even more unprepared for ministry, so I took the business opportunity. Though I did not fall into carnality or what might be considered overt sins, I certainly drifted from the Lord for the next five years as I became consumed with building my business.
In , the Lord again called me back into ministry with the word that my commission would be given to another if I did not return at that time. I did not really know what my commission was, but I knew I did not want to lose it, so I responded immediately to this call. I was quite sure I was not supposed to pastor again, but I really did not know what I was going to do.
I had not read a single Christian magazine or watched Christian television for more than seven years. I had little knowledge of what was even going on in the church at However, I had written There Were Two Trees in the Garden a few years before, and its popularity had brought me some invitations to speak.
I called a few pastors I knew and others who had contacted me because of the book and let them know I was available for ministry. A month or so later, I returned home after my first ministry trip in more than seven years, feeling as empty and inadequate as ever—and quite out of step with the churches I had visited. Yet, I was feeling much closer to the Lord; my desire to serve Him in ministry had returned.
The next morning I went into my office to catch up on some paperwork and to pray for insight on what I was to do in the ministry. I felt an overwhelming presence of the Lord. Then, after seven years with no prophetic revelation, I had a three-day prophetic experience in which I felt the Lord tried to catch me up on all I had missed. At this time I wrote The Harvest, which was about the present state of the church and impending events.
Some of the revelations came in open visions. These were visible, external visions that were like watching a cinema screen. Others were gentle, internal visions that were like having the eyes of your heart opened. I usually relate the word vision to the prophetic event of seeing pictures, either internally or externally. I consider revelation to be the receiving of knowledge or understanding beyond our natural ability to attain. I now have visions and dreams filled with symbolism that requires interpretation, as do most biblical visions.
Some of what is shared in this book did not come in vision form but came as a massive anointing with the gift of the word of knowledge. All of a sudden, I knew many details about future events, as though they had been poured into me. Understanding that prophecy is still seeing through a glass darkly, and understanding that we only know in part 1 Cor. I have tried to share exactly what I have been given to see or understand, but because the canon of Scripture is complete, I do not believe that any prophetic gift today is of the quality of those who wrote Scripture.
I believe that this is why we are told in 1 Corinthians to let two or three prophets speak, and let the others pass judgment. I do not believe that anyone alive today is infallible. We must judge prophecy regardless of who is speaking. I offer this book to be weighed and prayerfully considered. I believe that His sheep will know His voice, be able to discern that which is from Him, and disregard the rest. One of the most significant visions for me and for my understanding of the church occurred in and was ollished in The Call.
In this vision, I was standing on a high mountain overlooking a great plain. Before me, an army was marching on a wide front. There were twelve divisions in the vanguard that stood out sharply from the great multitude of soldiers who followed behind them. These divisions were further divided into what I assumed to be regiments, battalions, companies, and squads. The divisions were distinguished by their banners, and the regiments were distinguished by their different-colored uniforms.
Then I was close enough to see their faces—male and female, old and young, from every race. There was fierce resolution on their faces, yet they did not seem tense. War was in the air, but in the ranks I could sense a profound peace.
I knew that not a single soldier feared the approaching battle. The spiritual atmosphere I felt when close to them was as awesome as their appearance. I looked at their uniforms. The colors were brilliant. Every soldier also wore rank insignias and medals. The generals and other officers marched in the ranks with the soldiers. Although it was obvious that those with higher rank were in charge, no one seemed overly sensitive to his rank. From the highest officer to the lowest, they all seemed to be close friends.
It was an army of unprecedented discipline, yet it also seemed to be just one big family. As I studied them, they seemed selfless—not because they lacked identity, but because they were all so sure of who they were and what they were doing.
They were not consumed with themselves or seeking recognition. I could not detect ambition or pride anywhere in the ranks. It was stunning to see so many who were so unique; yet, they were in such harmony and marched in perfect step.
I was sure that an army like this had never existed on earth. Then I was behind the front divisions, looking at a much larger group that was composed of hundreds of divisions. Each of these was a different size, with the smallest numbering about two thousand and the largest in the hundreds of thousands. Although this group was not as sharp and colorful as the first one, it was an awesome army simply because of its size. This group had banners, but they were not nearly as large and impressive as those of the first group.
They all had uniforms and ranks, but I was surprised that many of these did not even have on a full set of armor, and many did not have weapons. The armor and weapons that they did have were not nearly as polished and bright as those of the first group.
As I looked more closely at these ranks, I could see that they were all determined and had purpose, but they lacked the focus of the first group.
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