Five-Fold Today Hour of Desperation - Intercessors and Worshippers - The Lord Has Spread His Garment Over America - But Church As Usual - Insurmountable Obstacles - Stand Your Ground - A Revival of Repentance - My Banner Over You Is Love - Kim Clement's 1996 prophecy - A Question - Jonah Comes to America

October 1, 2001

Hour of Desperation

Yolanda Ballard

These are desperate hours for the presence of the Lord. This is the time and the hour for the manifest presence of the Lord to come forth, but we must be ready. Eye has not seen before the great wonders that the Lord will perform. Through the grace and mercy of the Lord blind eyes will be opened, the dead will rise up and take their place in the army of the Lord. Complacency, apathy, and lethargy are being cast out once and for all.

Yes, captives are being set free this very hour.....those who have been held bound by the enemy. I say to you "Rise up!". Take your place in the army of the Lord. Cast off anything that would try to hold you back from taking your promised land. Yes, I have given you My word and My power over all the power of the enemy and nothing by any means can harm you. Cry out! Cry out, My people! Do not settle for less than all that I have for you. I have come to set you free but you must be open and teachable and willing to let go of your bondages and worldly deceptions.

I have come to set you free of religiousity and idolatry. Are you willing to even admit that you might have a problem in these areas? Why do you completely justify your areas of bondage? Why do you put up a wall against My truth? Don't you know that My truth will set you free, but you must be willing to embrace it. For I love you, My people, but you are not where you need to be, and there is a great urgency in My spirit that you must be set free, once and for all! Do not put up for less than the best. Humble yourself before My mighty throne of grace, and I will lift you up. I will remove your scales of deception off from your eyes if you are truly willing. Let go of your pride I beseech you.

Be still and know that I am God and that I am in total control of all of your circumstances. I am allowing them to deal with you and to bring things in your life to the surface....things that are holding you back. So I warn you that there is no time to waste. There is an urgency in My spirit that you must come out of the unclean thing....the temple of religiousity and idols. If all are not ready to go forth, separate yourself. Cut your cords and go on with Me for I will bless you with My presence.

I will bring you your breakthrough. I will completely set you free that you may truly worship Me! This is the time and the hour for freedom. I am calling forth hearts of desperation for My intimate presence and for the burning and purifying of My love. Oen up completely and I will cleanse you, says your God.

Intercessors and Worshippers

Alison Papenfus

In Jn 10.26 Jesus says (my paraphrase)
"Listen carefully - this is important. The time has come when those who worship the Father will worship him from their spirit in open and honest relationship with him; the Father is looking for people who will worship like this."

Two thousand years ago the Lamb of God told us of the Father who was looking for honest, open people to offer spiritual worship.

Two thousand years later - he's still looking for people who will worship this way. Are we listening to the Lamb or looking for the Lion?

At this time in the history of the world there is a huge clarion call to prayer; as the conflict around the right to peace and the evil of terrorism intensifies that call will grow more urgent; as a cooling economy affects formerly profitable businesses and lifestyles simplify people will experience a return to basic values. Prayer meetings will cease to be the Cinderella's of the church bulletin. There is going to be a hankering after the "good times" of the 80's and 90's when "growth" and "boom" were words we heard everywhere. There will be many who stand at a distance and call upon the Lion of the tribe of Judah to roar!

But the Lord says - I am not looking for prayer warriors who look back. I am looking for worshippers who look up. I am not seeking intercessors who will claim a material future but worshippers who are looking for a heavenly king. I am seeking those who dare to have an open relationship with me - who allow me to cleanse them on a daily basis so that they can stand in my presence without fear and worship me. This is the time to see the Lamb who was slain.

My people have learned to avoid my presence - they come with petitions, they come with idealized visions of the past, they come wielding weapons of spiritual warfare, they come with flags and banners and scriptures - some even come with repentance on behalf of others when repentance has not reached their own hearts; they can not draw close to me in worship - they fear me, they fear what I might speak to them about in intimacy. My children - look on the Lamb that was slain for you. I do not desire your intercession for others nearly as much as I desire an honest relationship with you

Where are the servants of the Lamb? Where are those who will cast their crowns before him? Where are those who will throw away all their honours, their titles, their opportunities - before the throne of the Lamb? Where are those who will enter into a new place of worship - a deeper level of understanding of the presence of God? Have you not heard? The Father is seeking you! Come you who want to serve the Lion - who want to walk behind the conquering king - first know the Lamb - if you do not you will never understand the heart of the Lion of the tribe of Judah

That which is past is gone - says the Lord. Nothing you can do will bring it back, nothing you can pray will change what has happened. That which is before you is in my hands. I will do nothing except I show it first to my servants, you shall know what is to come - not because you sought that knowledge but because you sought first to worship me. For the lamb that was slain is the Lion - and those who would watch the Lion unseal the book must stand without shame in the presence of the Lamb.

Look up - your salvation comes not from an earthly past, nor from an earthly future; not from a bank account nor from a political system; not from an army nor from it's victory; not from a strategy nor from wise counsel. I am your salvation, says the Lord. I am the Lamb that was slain - not the Lion who will consume you but the blood sacrifice who will reconcile you to God. Come worship me. With your whole heart, honestly. Now is the time. I am looking for worshipers.

Alison Papenfus
Africa Prophecy

The Lord Has Spread His Garment Over America

Deborah Voetberg

The Lord has spread His garment over America as she has come to Him in prayer as a foreigner seeking redemption. He has seen her heart as she has humbled herself at His feet. Just as Ruth came to Boaz with respect and honor and lifted his garment off of his feet as he was at rest, so America has approached our Lord who is at rest, and with honor and respect covered herself under His garment.

Boaz's answer to Ruth was "Blessed are you of the Lord, my daughter! For you have shown more kindness at the end than at the beginning, in that you did not go after young men, whether poor or rich." (Ruth 3:10) America has turned her heart back to the Lord and His daughter, the church, has humbled herself at His feet asking to be covered once again.

Boaz sent Ruth away in the morning assuring her that he would seek her redemption. She left with the great provision that he provided so she would not leave empty-handed. The Lord has heard our prayers and we will not leave His presence empty-handed.

What we need to remember now is that the Lord Himself is our portion! Psalm 16:5 " O Lord, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot." & Psalm 73:26 " My flesh and my heart fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever!"

The Lord Himself is the inheritance that has been weighed out into our lives, and He is the cup or container that holds that inheritance and maintains our destiny! We are hidden in Christ, seated in the heavenlies far above all principalities and power and might and dominion and every name that has been named not only in this age but in the ages to come! The Lord is faithful and true and His mercies are new every morning! Hold on to that!

The Lord desires to raise up an army by His Spirit, broken but shining with His light and pouring forth His goodness to lead a nation to repentance. We have seen and heard many cry out to the Lord in these last weeks. Let us not make the mistake of looking to the reaction of the world that does not know Christ, even those that are calling out to His name, and judge them for their cry as the first born son condemned the return of the prodigal, for they only walk in the amount of light that has been revealed to them. The Lord looks upon those who had rejected Him before, with love and forgiveness as they turn their face to Him and call out for redemption. Those of us who know the Lord well and have been blessed with an intimate relationship, must not forget our own travels through darkness into light.

Job 22:30 says "He will even deliver one who is not innocent; yes, he will be delivered by the purity of your hands." We as the church must arise and walk in all of the truth that has been poured into our hearts. The Fathers' heart yearns to draw this nation close to His heart and gather all of its people under His wings. Just as Boaz covered Ruth with his garment and came into covenant with her, so the Lord has spread His garment over America to renew His covenant with her.

Mathew 23:37 Jesus cried out "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!" As we intercede for our nation and people, America's heart will be touched by His goodness and not miss her hour of visitation!

Great Grace!

Deborah Voetberg

Dabar Ministries

But Church As Usual

Jim Rinker

If (and I will qualify this with an if) the bombing of the WTC was a call to repentance, then America has NOT responded. The reason I say this is because I have listened to several (meaning at least 20) different talk shows. The one talk show host on "coast to coast" (Art Bell's show)...Ian Punnett....said "how dare Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell in this time of tragedy insinuate that America has to repent and that these attacks are in some way connected to God's judgment on America". In fact, many of the posts coming out all over the net from believers are saying the same thing...that this is not at all a wake-up call on America but rather a demonic attack.

The callers of these talk shows vastly agreed in saying that America is NOT at fault, and blame those "evil" terrorists (and yes they are demonic). But if we had a heart of repentance we would not blame anyone but ourselves. And why is everyone upset (besides the obvious)? Because our WAY OF LIFE has been disrupted! And look at the economic ripples now. But maybe our way of life MUST be disrupted. To hurt us? No, but rather to cause us to see the wrong pathway we are on.

So the real upsetting factor is that our WAY OF LIFE is threatened.

Might I say the same "disruption" of "church as usual" that is viewed as rebellion and prayed AGAINST when the Holy spirit tries to invade our religious services.

The AMERICAN way of life. The message to America is that our LIFESTYLE must change (not our constitution or freedoms or any of that) but something fundamentally deeper, namely our pride and independence.

The cry is to lift ourselves up and STAND PROUD (and I am not denouncing to be a proud American because I am) and that WE WILL OVERCOME, mainly by OUR military might and power and "heal". Maybe we are not suppose to heal so quickly but rather "get the message and wake up". The evidence of a lack of repentance is that WE CAN OVERCOME.

How much HUMAN EFFORT was put into the rescue effort with absolutely NO RESULTS. But all the while we did not stop our efforts and ask the Lord to somehow resurrect the dead and wounded but rather by our efforts tried to rescue those lost in the rubble. And we do that in the church and deceive ourselves, thinking our efforts will change the world and we gather large crowds to help us "dig through " the rubble of humanity with the hopes of saving those lost in the destruction around us through our programs and efforts. And when one is found we claim a victory but all the while we deceive ourselves because the plain evidence, as with the WTC bombing, is that all that effort yielded NO RESULTS. Was the effort noble and valiant? Yes! But yet no result was yielded. And all the MILLIONS in donations given and the evidence that if we "humans" put our combined efforts and resources together (without God of course) we really can make a difference. The message from God is OPPOSITE and that I want you dependent on Me and without Me you can do nothing so in this all our effort made absolutely NO difference but do we see it? Are we acknowledging our need of Him?

Jim Rinker

Insurmountable Obstacles

Bonita Chapman

There is a mountain in front of you. Look at it. Measure it up. But then realize this. Your mountain is nothing more than a bump in the sight of your God! It is not an insurmountable obstacle. The enemy would have you looking at that mountain as something that cannot be overcome, but I tell you that it is ALREADY overcome through My Son.

Stop looking at that mountain, that obstacle, as something that you cannot conquer. You are WELL ABLE to conquer it - not in your own power, but through ME. I want My children to learn that IN ME, there are NO insurmountable obstacles. There are only small bumps in the road to My perfect will. Those obstacles are not meant by ME to hold you back, but to strengthen you. They will cause you to grow and develop in My perfect will if you approach them with faith in My ability and DESIRE to show you how to surmount them.

Whether you conquer or not is up to you. It depends on WHOSE eyes you are looking at it through - MINE or the enemy's. If you consider it through his eyes, you will fail. He has then deceived you. He has made a bump look like a Mount Everest in your sight. Put it back in perspective. Look at it through the eyes of the Creator. It is just a bump. Proceed on to your destination, and don't be sidetracked or stopped.

Come to Me and I will give you specific instructions as to how WE, TOGETHER, will make that obstacle disappear. Not only will it be gone, but it will have worked in your FAVOR rather than against you. If you keep yourself tied closely to Me, if you will listen to Me closely, and obey My every word to you, you will find that there really are NO insurmountable obstacles!

Word Life Teaching Ministries

Stand Your Ground

Bill Hardaway

Do not fear the attacks of the enemy. I will protect you, for you are Mine. Satan will always try to make you believe that all is not right or that all is lost. Satan himself is the one who is lost for eternity. Do not fear for I am with you.

Stand your ground and Satan will flee from you. There is nothing he can do to take you out of my hand. Do not depend on your own strength......come to Me. I will drive the enemy back. There is nothing that I will not do for you. Stand strong, I am with you always

A Revival of Repentance

A. W. Tozer

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. --2 Chronicles 7:14

I have little fear that any nation or combination of nations could bring down the United States and Canada by military action from without. But this I do fear-we sin and sin and do nothing about it. There is so little sense of the need of repentance-so little burden for the will of God to be wrought in our national life. I fear that the voice of blood will become so eloquent that God Almighty will have no choice but to speak the word that will bring us down.

I do pray often: "Oh God, send a revival of repentance and the fear of God that will sweep through the continent that we may be spared and that we may honor Thee!" Echoes from Eden, 44.

"Lord, I pray for our country today. We've deteriorated morally so horribly since Tozer's day. I too pray, 'Oh God, send a revival of repentance and the fear of God that will sweep through the continent that we may be spared and that we may honor Thee!' Amen."
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My Banner Over You Is Love

Stephen Hanson

PS 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. SS 2:4 He has taken me to the banquet hall, and his banner over me is love.

EX 17:15 Moses built an altar and called it The LORD is my Banner.

PS 18:28 You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.

PS 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation--whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life-- of whom shall I be afraid?

"Do not let all of the distractions around you keep you from worshiping Me. It is important that you find that still small place where you can go and find time to worship Me. Draw away from the news that you are hearing. Get away from the clamor. These things will be around you for some time. They are as a raging sea now tossing their waves to and fro. The news of the most recent bombings and attacks will continue for many weeks. There will be many new developments and plans. But I say for you to look past the news. Look past the images. Look past the accounts of those who were there. Come with Me to my chambers and sit and listen. For the news that I give you is not like what you hear on the television. It is not like what you read in the newspaper."

"Come here with a true and a repentant heart. Enter into that secret place. Come to my altar for I have prepared a table before you. I have prepared a table before you There are the choicest meats and fruits. There are the choicest vegetables. Come, eat and drink. Here you will find sustenance for the days that are ahead. Sit and refresh yourself before the long journey that lies ahead. I tell you that the journey in the weeks and months ahead will not be an easy one. There have been rumors of many things. There have been many things planned. Look to Me in the long haul. Pace yourself as a runner would. But go in this race with your banners held high. Sing before Me with your tambourines. If you sing praises to Me in the midst of the storm then the storm will not appear as dark as it seems. The sky above will never appear totally dark to you. Even in the midst of the battle the warrior sees light ahead. Even on the battlefield there is light shed in the midst of them. Look for that light in the midst of the storm. My light can only shine in the darkness around you. Keep it lit now as never before. Keep the light lit in your cities. Keep the light lit in your homes. Keep the light lit in the midst of your enemies. When the lights go out then the real darkness is seen. Without a world filled with my light it is truly a dark place. But you can be my lights in a dark world. Shine forth your lights from the east to the west. Shine forth your lights from the north to the south. Be united my people not under the banner of patriotism, but under the banner of my light. For my banner over you is love. Thus would say the Lord, the one who is the banner of love over you."

Stephen Hanson

Kim Clement's 1996 prophecy:

"The Spirit of prophecy is in this building. I am shaking right now. "I am shaking this place. I am shaking your ground. I am shaking the earth. There has been a terrorist act and there will be another. For the Spirit of the Lord says, America will retaliate, but God says, even as they retaliate with natural weapons of war and they say, we will go the place of the east and we will go and we will bring them down for what they did to our people as they flew in the air, over Long Island. But the Spirit of the Lord says, another will take place, but I will prevent many deaths, because I will cause a security thing to happen so they will not die. I will look after you, America. But God says, the retaliation will not be right. It will not be of my Spirit. It will be a wrong decision, but God says the saints of the Lord, of the most high God, will begin to pray. And your God says, I will strike down the god of the east. I will bring something to pass very soon. I have told you about it. The very god of the east, the very king of the east, the very prince of the east. The one that waged a war against America. They spoke about the mother of wars. For God says, This is going to be the mother of wars as you have never seen. For the Spirit of God will rise up against the prince of the east, and He will bring him down."
---Kim Clement, July 25, 1996 FROM:

A Question

Billy Graham's daughter was being interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her, "How could God let something like this happen?" Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said, "I believe that God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are. But for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives and, being the gentleman that He is, I believe that He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?"
Good question...

Submitted by Jim Grayson

Jonah Comes to America

By Chad Taylor

And the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time saying, ‘Arise, go to Nineveh that great city, and preach to it the preaching that I give you.’ And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown… (Jonah 2:1-3.)

I heard that Lord say so clearly today, “Jonah comes to America…” What Jonah represents is so important for America to grasp. Jonah represented repentance. >From the least to the greatest, they repented. The echo of Jonah’s words are ringing in our ears in this hour. Nothing happens outside of God’s providence. Though Job questioned it, he later saw that God’s hand was in his hardship and tragedy. It was working in him a greater glory and a greater revelation. Even today we see the light at the end of this dark tunnel of tragedy. At the end is restoration and revival, but this will only be accomplished through repentance. ‘If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sin, He is just and faithful to forgive us…” (1st John 1:8-9).

We dare not say that this moment in history has no purpose or that God’s hand is not upon it. He does have a purpose. That purpose has been the same throughout the pages of history, for a nation to turn to Him with prayer and fasting, to repent and turn their hearts toward God. It is no different today. America must see this as a great window of opportunity for revival. It is a window in time for America to repent and get right with Him, which in turn will usher in a spiritual awakening that will sweep millions, possibly billions of souls into His kingdom. “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten, be zealous therefore and repent…” (Rev. 3:19).

One point must be heeded here with Jonah and Nineveh. Jonah was unwilling to go to Nineveh at God’s first bidding. The prophets and preachers in this hour cannot be afraid to cry out for repentance. We cannot shy away from the message of this hour, “REPENT AND BE SAVED.” We cannot as ministers and Christians be afraid to cry out repentance from the pulpit to the streets. It is only when a nation repents does He pour out His Spirit upon all flesh. “If My people which are called by My name will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land…” (2nd Chronicles 7:14).

God still exalts the humble. The most important reaction right now in America is humility and repentance. You cannot repent if you do not put on humility. Humility is revival’s garment. Without humility our humanity shows through and we begin to believe in ourselves more than God. America is not what She is without God. These present circumstances are a trumpet blast reminder to all of us that we so desperately need Him in our country and in our personal lives. “But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily to God, yes, let every one turn from his evil way, and the violence that is in their hands. Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from His fierce anger, that we perish not?” (Jonah 3:8-9).

Repentance and revival will always reach the streets. In all reality that is probably why the Lord poured it out in the first place, to get His church into a position of power to finally reach Her streets and nation. Revival is the first fruits of repentance. One does not exist without the other. The ultimate result of God’s judgment is not destruction but salvation. He judges to save. He judged His own Son, not to destroy Him but to raise Him up. He is not judging America right now to destroy her, but to raise her up in resurrection glory and power.

America’s greatest hour is still before her, but it will only begin when she comes through the threshold of repentance and begins to seek the Lord with all of her heart, soul, strength and mind. In that secret place of His glory we will begin to abide under the shadow of the Most High. “Behold, I stand at the door and knock, if any man will hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me…” (Revelation 3:20).

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