In the seventh month, in the twenty-first of the month, the Word of Jehovah came by the prophet Haggai, saying, Now speak to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and to the remnant of the people, saying, Who is left among you who saw this house in her first glory? And how do you see it now? When compared to it, is it not as nothing in your eyes? Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, says Jehovah. And be strong, O Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest; and be strong all people of the land, says Jehovah, and work; for I am with you, says Jehovah of Hosts with the Word who cut a covenant with you when you came out of Egypt, and My Spirit remains among you. Do not fear. For so says Jehovah of Hosts: Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land. And I will shake all the nations; and the desire of all nations shall come; and I will fill this house with glory, says Jehovah of Hosts. The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine, says Jehovah of Hosts. The glory of this latter house shall be greater than that of the former, says Jehovah of Hosts. And in this place I will give peace, says Jehovah of Hosts. (Haggai 2:1-9)
We stand at the crossroads of history. I urge you to prayerfully read the entire contents of this letter, as I am gripped with a rare urgency in my spirit. Opportunities for revival and spiritual breakthrough exist at almost incomprehensible levels alongside toxic distractions and soul-numbing passivity. Cultural decay is dragging our young people into gutters of oppression and perversion. War on the saints is escalating as nations heave in the throes of crises, birth pangs, and political correctness. Even so, I am filled with hope! If we lean into Jesus, on His terms, revival could come more swiftly than a raging, windswept grassfire at the height of summer. These are truly historic days.
However, to be properly positioned, we must take a hard look in the mirror. Too much of our “inspirational,” charismatic rhetoric has become both anemic and insufficient relative to the coming storm. Charismatic conferences have been wonderful and useful for many years, but now risk missing the point entirely if they are not deeply attuned to the whispering voice of the Holy Spirit. When the “cloud and fire” disrupt camp to move us into new territory, we must follow. I include our own annual gathering Onething in this assessment. Times and seasons change; if we discern the Spirit is leading this, we are compelled to obey, even if it requires disruption.
This is why we are announcing a very late, critical course correction. We are intentionally scrapping plans-as-usual. I am convinced that we stand on the precipice of a new era in the prayer, prophetic, and missions movement. I want to say boldly but tenderly: our house is on fire. I mean our nation, the Church, society itself. I am not okay with this, and I certainly do not speak it in a critical or gloating tone. As a shepherd, accountable to God, I feel burdened to speak the truth I perceive. So let me be even more plain. For years, I have said trouble is coming. I now feel I must say it differently: trouble is here. This means the days and years ahead will be of a different caliber of difficulty and complexity than anything we’ve ever known in the past. The new normal will not look like the heyday of the 80s and 90s. It will be more challenging than people expect, but the kingdom opportunities are far beyond what we imagine.
Our leadership team is so gripped by this reality that we’re literally “starting over.” With only three months to go—honestly, this is terrible for marketing!—we are reformatting Onething around a simple, clarion call to the entire Body of Christ: a divine reset is coming!
One facet of our corporate reset is that we will not highlight the roster of speakers and worship teams this year. In the past, we have enthusiastically shared the schedule for our four-day gathering, and I am so grateful for the many excellent friends, teachers, and worship leaders who have brought their anointing and deep heart for God to our conference.
I need to be very clear on this: nobody has done anything wrong. Yet incrementally, I feel we’ve missed the mark by leaning more on brilliant marquees than on the Man with burning eyes. This year, we are deliberately returning to the mystery of what if? What if God interrupted our plans? What if the Holy Spirit took over? What if we lavished our affection and attention on Him above all other concerns? What if we became consumed with One thing all over again? We’re going to plan around that supreme goal, and take our chances. Rather than exalting human personalities and celebrity voices, we are deliberately re-centering around the consuming reality of Jesus, His agenda for planet earth, and His ownership of those four days in December. If we want everything God would give to the human spirit in this hour of history, a short-term, conference buzz can no longer suffice.
Onething 2018 will not be a Christian festival designed to razzle-dazzle you. Rather, we are setting aside four days for a sacred assembly to encounter Him in new depth. Though we stand on earth, we aspire to join angels around the throne.
As we enter our 20th year of night-and-day ministry to the Lord, IHOPKC is in a period of radical realignment. A new thing is coming. I am announcing this by faith. Though we only glimpse it right now, our team wants to begin talking about it publicly in December. We will likely unpack it even more over the next year or two, but the shift begins now.
I urge you not to miss the signals that the Holy Spirit is giving the Church in this hour. These are days of high transition. God is speaking, but His whisper demands revelation and unique focus. Voluntarily choose to adjust your life’s signal-to-noise ratio. The global prayer movement is entering its next critical phase, going far beyond the theater of an event into the Father’s deep desire for the total supremacy of His Son to be known among the nations and to raise up a close knit family who deeply values and loves one another. If you are moved to join this fresh swell of divine love and strategic insight, we believe this year’s gathering is more than an annual occurrence, it is an essential course correction for the entire prayer movement. I urge believers around the world, but particularly across North America, to join us December 28–31 in downtown Kansas City.
With urgency, hope, and confidence,
Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly. 2 Thess 3:6
Mark you. It is not the mere presence of disorderly persons in a church which merits the displeasure of God. It is when they are tolerated under the mistaken plea of “bearing with them,” and no steps are taken either to cure them of their evil practices or exclude them from the fellowship of the church. And this glaring neglect on the part of the church of its wayward members, is but a sad sign of a lack of praying, for a praying church, given to mutual praying, agreement praying, is keen to discern when a brother is overtaken in a fault, and seeks either to restore him, or to cut him off if he be incorrigible.
Much of this dates back to the lack of spiritual vision on the part of church leaders. The Lord by the mouth of the prophet Isaiah once asked the very pertinent, suggestive question, “And who is blind but my servant?” This blindness in leadership in the church is no more patent than in this question of seeing evildoers in the church, in caring for them, and when the effort to restore them fails, to withdraw fellowship from them and let them be “as a heathen man and a publican.”
The truth is there is such a lust for members in the church in these modern times, that the officials and preachers have entirely lost sight of the members who have violated baptismal covenants, and who are living in open disregard of God’s Word. The idea now is quantity in membership, not quality. The purity of the church is put in the background in the craze to secure numbers, and to pad the church rolls and make large figures in statistical columns.
Prayer, much prayer, mutual prayer, would bring the church back to scriptural standards, and would purge the church of many wrongdoers, while it might cure not a few of their evil lives.
A WAVE OF CREATIVITY:
In the 1500’s there was a wave of the arts that hit the earth. God’s beauty was expressed through creativity in many expressions of art. Unfortunately, much of the church rejected this movement, by labeling it as demonic. This resulted in the creative anointing being handed over to the world, and the church missed out. In the 1950’s/1960’s something similar happened. There was a new sound in music released on the earth. Much of the church branded it as demonic, so therefore the world pioneered this new sound instead of the church getting to stand in influence in the arts.
In this time, there is a fresh wave of renaissance in the arts taking place. This time, as the church we need to embrace the creativity that God is releasing. We cannot demonize creativity. God is raising up painters, photographers, sculptors, artists, interior designers, graphic designers and dancers. He is raising up musicians, song writers, poets, actors/actresses, entrepreneurs, authors and storytellers.
When we demonize creativity, we are labeling the aspect of God that is the Creator as false. We need to catch the wave of renaissance that God is releasing by stepping into our creative identity.
I was praying about a situation for a friend the other day and the Lord spoke to me in a dream.
I saw my friend sitting in their living room with a huge pig running around on the floor! It was trying to jump up on their lap and it would have crushed them. Anyway, they went over to the sink and turned it on, and feces gushed out before the pipes blew apart. I walked over and took a look at the sink and all the connections were leaking – A new sink was required.
Simply put, a pig is an unclean animal and it’s presence fouls up the water.
The bible has a lot to say about unclean – Eph 5:5 For you know this, that no fornicator, or unclean person, or covetous one (who is an idolater), has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
There’s a lot to say about how a person gets unclean, one way is sexual impurity – lust – pornography or masturbation. (Leviticus 15)
If you want to hear from God, or have a relationship with Him, you need to cut these things out of your life altogether. Dabbling with it at all will release unclean spirits into your life which will foul the water and prevent a clean flow of the Spirit between you and the Lord.
God, we bless you this day and all of your plans you are revealing in this NOW time on earth. We declare that these talks between Trump and Putin will begin a shift in the nation of Russia for your presence, freedom and liberty to the people of Russia in a way never seen before. Put your words in the mouth of our president and impart sound wisdom to him for this day.
We take power over all the power of the enemy (satan) that would in any way interfere with your plans and we command the Host of Heaven to pull down every stronghold that would rise against these talks. Shred every spiritual platform the demonic have been operating from and exposure every wicked plan of man to bring lies, accusations or false judgement concerning these talks. We take authority over every word, sound, image, thoughts or actions of hell. Go Host and make toast of hell’s plans and push back darkness as you fulfill the destiny you were created for; to be a Mighty weapon for us as Believers in this age of Justice God is extending to all of us who follow Christ.
We wait with Expectation for divine restoration in our lives and our families lives, our cities and nations that WILL become regions of light for the Kingdom of Heaven. We thank you for timing our birth on this earth that we may do the Greater works, handle the wealth of the wicked you plan to put in our hands, to be creators and inventors, to walk in great authority and dominion as we occupy for Christ. We rule because He Rules. We say in Agreement: ‘May your Will be done On earth as it IS in Heaven’
May everyone reading this, share the Good news of Life, Love and Truth to cause Hope to rise in the hearts of men that they may know our God is real and that He loves them!
May God show you His Goodness this day of Abundant Life!
An Urgent Message from Lou Engle
In 2008 we held a four-month 24/7 Bound4Life prayer strike at the steps of the Supreme Court. In the face of the mounting bloodshed of abortion, our only case was to plead the better blood of the slain Lamb of God who has become for us a mercy seat. At the time, the Lord gave us a prophetic cry for another type of mercy seat on the bench of the Supreme Court. We knew we needed a seat of government – a judge’s seat – that would align with God’s merciful intent and shift the court, not just from liberal to conservative, but from rebellion to righteousness. This week, with Justice Kennedy now vacating his place on the bench, we have come to a moment in time when this cry can be answered. In the following Briefing, we share what God has entrusted to us as some of the how and what we need to pray at this crucial turning point in America.
– Cheryl Amabile
The Briefing 026 – THE MERCY SEAT
Jesus, I plead your blood over my sins and the sins of my nation.
God, end abortion and send revival to America.
Lou Engle’s 22-word prayer to replace the 22-word prayer that was removed from schools by Engel v Vitale
About twenty years ago, Lou Engle had a life-defining encounter with the heart of God for this generation. He was invited to speak at a youth church in California when the Lord gave him a word to share at the meeting. God told him, “I’m going to show mercy to the youth of America because they are the great, great, great, great grandchildren of Jonathan Edwards, the father of the First Great Awakening.” The Lord said, “Just like David remembered his covenant with Jonathan and showed mercy to his crippled son, I’m going to show mercy to a crippled generation in America!” Lou hadn’t told anyone what he was going to share. Then, just before his message, a young man came up to him and said: “Hey Mr. Engle, guess what? I just found out this week that I’m the great, great, great, great grandson of Jonathan Edwards!” At that moment, Lou knew this was not just a good word, it was the Word of the Lord.
This week, the night after Justice Kennedy announced his retirement, our friend Chris Berglund had a profound dream that we believe is connected with this prior word. In his dream, Chris was in a heavenly council room and he saw Jonathan Edwards approach the stand. For some reason he was summoned by the name “Sir Jonathan.” Chris watched as Sir Jonathan began issuing the following declarations:
I command “the awakening time is now upon us’’ to be agreed with on earth as it is in Heaven.
I command those who have been given charge over angel armies to take their place and release those armies.
I command those who are to make us complete to now be about the Father’s business.
I command His beloved to come forth.
I command the eagles’ wings to be healed and fly in strength once again.
In addition to witnessing this courtroom activity, Chris also remembers seeing angelic highways being paved by intercessors’ declarations and faith-filled prayers. He was shown that there were witch covens all over America being disrupted and disturbed by what was taking place in intercession. He understood that we had to take our stand in commands and declarations just like Edwards did so that the witches would not be effective in their desire to stop these decrees. It was clear that the body of Christ was used to settling for second best when God was wanting us to believe and to work with the cloud of witnesses and the angels to accomplish His desires.
In the dream, Chris saw that women were rising up but some of the men were hiding in fear. He knew that the fear was caused by doubt in God’s full deliverance that was available. As he saw this, it brought to mind a prophetic word that Bobby Conner had released about a small cloud of doubt that God said could “devastate and steal every spiritual blessing from His people.” Chris knew that without faith no one could please God or participate in His nature and purpose being manifest.
We take this dream very seriously as a clear indicator of heaven’s timetable and a strong directive to the praying Church. It is time for a historic spiritual awakening in America that will lead to a great harvest of souls. Thus, we find it no coincidence that we were given this dream at the very time of a Supreme Court vacancy. Justice Anthony Kennedy’s resignation, effective on July 31st, will allow the first viable opportunity in decades to actually shift the court and make way for the reversal of Roe v. Wade and same-sex marriage. As written in the 22-word prayer, we understand that the ending of abortion and revival must come hand in hand. Without the removal of these laws, our nation cannot be aligned with the covenantal blessings that God longs to bestow upon us.
Can a corrupt throne be allied with You – a throne that brings on misery by its decrees?
The wicked band together against the righteous and condemn the innocent to death. Psalm 94:20
Thankfully we have come to a profound moment of opportunity, but we must not take it for granted. While President Trump is consulting with his advisors to consider his choice of nominees, we must set ourselves to prayer on his behalf and on behalf of the person whom God has chosen to fill this vital position in our nation’s highest court. The president is expected to announce his nomination on July 9th, but inside sources have reported that his decision may be made as early as the beginning of this week. The hour is urgent!
Fortunately, in the months leading up to this anticipated moment, many have been in the secret place of prayer where God often reveals His own secrets. Not long ago, our dear friend Matt Lockett, Executive Director of JHOP-DC and Bound4LIFE International, had a vivid dream in which he was working as a Secret Service officer guarding Karen Pence, the wife of Vice President Mike Pence. In the dream, Mrs. Pence was visibly disturbed and worried about something. Matt heard her explaining to some friends how she had been summoned to a meeting about who the next justice should be and she was concerned because she didn’t know what to say. Matt grabbed her shoulders in the dream, looked her in the eyes and said: “Remember the name Amy Barrett!”
Amy Coney Barrett is on President Trump’s short list of potential nominees. In the natural, this judge from Indiana who was confirmed last year to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, is everything we would hope for in a judicial candidate for the Supreme Court. Yet, even more than having the professional credentials and reputation of someone who would make a great justice, we believe Barrett has the endorsement of heaven behind her. Matt’s dream is one of several prophetic indicators that have repeatedly brought her to our attention. It even occurred to us after Chris’ recent dream that Sir Jonathan’s decree commanding “His beloved to come forth” may possibly be alluding to Amy herself, as her name actually means “beloved.”
There is a measure of mystery that comes with the prophetic, but this much is for sure: the Ekklesia of God is being summoned to the bench! Let us not miss our day of visitation. It’s time to wage war in the heavenly realms according to the revelation we’ve been given. It’s time to make way through prophetic decrees for those whom God desires to raise up. It’s time to partner with the cloud of witnesses and the angelic armies unto a Third Great Awakening and the shifting of our courts. It’s time for God to show mercy to the great, great, great, great grandchildren of Jonathan Edwards!
Join with us at TheCall and with intercessors across the nation as we:
– Build ourselves up in faith and resist all forms of doubt and unbelief.
– Agree specifically with the commands Jonathan Edwards released from the council room.
– Pray for Amy Barrett to be remembered and positioned for God’s highest purpose.
– Intercede for President Trump and his advisors to be apprehended by God to do His will.